May 4, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College junior cross country/track star Dylan Wykes (Kingston, Ontario) has been selected to attend the eighth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. The Conference will be held on May 30 - June 3 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Wykes is one of 321 student-athletes who were selected to attend the Conference out of 1,201 nominees from NCAA institutions.
Wykes, a mathematics major with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, has had a productive year with the Friar cross country and track program. Wykes led the men's cross country team to its ninth consecutive appearance and 24th overall at the 2003 NCAA Championship. He was the Friars' top finisher in five of the team's seven races, including the BIG EAST, the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship and the NCAA Championship. During the indoor track season, Wykes won the 3,000 meters at the BIG EAST Championship. He also placed 15th in the 3,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Most recently, he placed third in the 1,500 meters at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship on May 2.
The leadership conference is designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators when they return to their campuses. Several of the participants in the leadership conference are members of NCAA campus student-athlete advisory committees (SAAC). A campus SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses and it is the "student voice" in the NCAA's governance structure.
Toward the conclusion of the leadership conference, the student-athletes will be asked to create a self-directed project to implement on their campus that addresses a critical issue in the university setting.
The conference is an extension of the NCAA's successful CHAMPS/Life Skills Program - a developmental program structured to prepare student-athletes for graduation and success in life. Each NCAA college and university that has a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is asked to nominate four student-athletes who have demonstrated an ability or strong desire to be a leader on their campus or who would benefit from a significant leadership experience. In order to be eligible for the conference, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. Final selections are made by a committee comprised of CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinators from NCAA member institutions and student-athletes charged with identifying an outstanding group of leaders.
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