BOISE, Idaho Boise State football player Tommy Gallarda received an off-field honor this week, having been selected to attend the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference, May 24-27, in Orlando, Fla. The conference will be held at the Walt Disney World Coronado Spring Resort.
Gallarda, a junior from Brea, CA (Brea Olinda HS), is one of 233 Division I student-athletes who will participate in the annual conference. The conference has invited 700 student-athletes to participate from NCAA Division I, II and III.
The conference is provided at no cost to all NCAA member institution student-athletes. Its purpose is to provide a forum for student-athletes to discuss campus and community issues. It will also give them the opportunity to develop leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The four-day conference will utilize team sessions, exercises, speakers and activities.
Gallarda, a tight end for the Broncos, played in all 13 games for Boise State in 2008. He caught six passes for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns.