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Students Attend Two Week Leadership Training at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C.Students Attend Two Week Leadership Training at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Twelve student-athletes have been selected to represent the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in a partnership with the American Red Cross. The 2008-2009 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program is now in its second year, and will inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program.
Georgetown College senior Katie Filiatreau is one of the twelve chosen for the high honor. An exercise science major from Springfield, Ky., Katie holds a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and serves as co-captain of the Tiger Women's Basketball Team. She will bring her experience back to Georgetown with her as she plans to organize awareness events on the campus.
As part of its support of the Red Cross diversity initiatives, State Farm Insurance is sponsoring this partnership. The leadership program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at Red Cross National Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. from June 9 to June 20. The 2008-2009 class will participate in a rare and unique opportunity to acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by senior leadership at the Red Cross, one of the nation's largest non-profit organizations. In addition, Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, will meet with the students on June 16, and attend the Champions of Character training sessions, which will be hosted by NAIA special presenter Bruce Brown.
"Red Cross Biomedical Services is pleased to partner with the NAIA and eager to foster a new, diverse generation of volunteers and leaders for the American Red Cross," said Brian Hamil, National Chair, Biomedical Services, American Red Cross. "We are excited that the opportunities this program provides will motivate and engage these young adults to carry on the mission of the Red Cross on their college campuses."
"The NAIA would like to thank the American Red Cross and State Farm Insurance for supporting a tremendous program and offering this opportunity to our student-athletes. Brian's vision for the program is unmatched and his team has worked countless hours to put together a first-class leadership experience," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "The Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program is a wonderful extension of the Champions of Character program and is designed to develop leaders in and out of competition."
This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows NAIA student-athletes to be part of a team made up of young adults from NAIA campuses throughout the country. The program is part of the larger Red Cross diversity strategy for moving the American Red Cross from awareness to action, building Red Cross capacity to serve all Americans.
Student-athletes will learn from civic and business leaders in the field how to uncover their leadership potential off the field. The participants will learn about organizing successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board, and take part in diversity and cultural competency training. For their efforts, students will receive scholarship support provided by the American Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.
The 2008-2009 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program participants are: Ellen Elyse Gildernew (Montreat College, N.C.); Cameron Branock (Bethel College, Ind.); Gene Hartman (Oklahoma Wesleyan University); Megan Brown (Columbia College, S.C.); Lisa Skrypnik (Houghton College, N.Y.); Cindy Trent (Southern Virginia University); Amanda Wiley (University of Saint Francis, Ind.); Ethan Gentry (Vanguard University, Calif.); Jacqueline Heine (Saint Xavier University, Ill.); Vashun Wilkins (Martin Methodist College, Tenn.); Katie Rice (Rogers State University, Okla.); and Katie Filiatreau (Georgetown College, Ky.).