UGA Student-Athletes Inducted into Leadership Program


Twenty-five student-athletes were inducted Monday night into the Leadership Education and Development program at UGA. This is the sixth year of the L.E.A.D program and the largest class selected since 2010, the inaugural year.

Inductees are chosen based on academic and athletic success, leadership, campus and community service involvement, and recommendations of head coaches and academic counselors.

“L.E.A.D gives us an opportunity to recognize and foster development for those student-athletes who do what we ask them to do,” said Carla Williams, UGA deputy director, who was instrumental in launching the program. “We want them to have the opportunity to be leaders in the classroom, in the community, in their sport and among their peers.”

These student- athletes will meet with local, state, and industry leaders along with encouraging leadership development and providing resources to compete for awards and scholarships. One goal of the program is for these student athletes to visit a company that portrays excellent leadership that has had an obvious impact on the organization and its surrounding community.

The 2015-16 L.E.A.D class includes:

Jeb Blazevich, football; Mary Beth Box, gymnastics; Caroline Brinson, tennis; Summer Burnett, soccer; Haley Clark, basketball; Nick Chubb, football; Amanda Dachs, volleyball; Liza Finsness, equestrian; Leontia Kallanou, track & field; Rachel Kolb, equestrian; Samantha LaZear, softball; Sammi Lee, golf; Elle McCord, volleyball; Keegan McGovern, baseball; Sony Michel, football; Kelsey Nix, soccer; Keturah Orji, track & field; Juwan Parker, basketball; Nick Salyers, swimming & diving; Aidan Sweeney, swimming & diving; Maicel Uibo, track & field; Anysia Unick, gymnastics; Kendell Williams, track & field; Stephen Wrenn, baseball; and Rachel Zilinskas, swimming & diving.

More details available here

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