Jacob Receives Invitation to NCAA Leadership Conference

BOISE, Idaho Sophomore Taylor Jacob, a member of the Boise State University gymnastics team, has been invited as one of 356 NCAA student-athletes from throughout the country to participate in the 11th annual NCAA Leadership Conference, May 27-31, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The NCAA National Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. The leadership conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.

The conference is an outreach of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and involves student-athletes each year who compete in fall, winter, and spring sports in Divisions I, II and III. Many of the student-athletes who participate are members of their conference and campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs). Each NCAA member institution that has a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is encouraged to nominate student-athletes from their campus for the annual leadership conference.

During the conference, student-athletes will discuss a variety of topics such as sportsmanship, public perceptions of student-athletes, conflict resolution, student-athlete mental health, and social responsibilities. They also will discuss division-specific issues and create dialogue surrounding possible solutions to those particular issues.

Selection criteria for the conference include the student-athlete's demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader and the student-athlete's potential to benefit significantly from a leadership development experience. In order to be eligible for the conference, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing, and have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. A committee reviews the nominations to determine the final selections. The committee also works to ensure that the conference includes a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

Boise State also nominated Jaime Jones (soccer), Kurt Cunningham (men’s basketball) and Derrell Acrey (football).


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