STORRS, CT (April 23) Erin Rice (Keller, TX) of the University of Connecticut women's soccer team was chosen to represent UConn at the seventh annual NCAA Leadership Conference. This year, 279 student-athletes, identified as current or future leaders on their campuses, were selected to participate in the conference.
Rice, a junior goaltender for the Huskies, was limited to just over 31 minutes in 2002 due to injury. As a sophomore, she earned the starting job at the beginning of the season without ever having started in her freshman season. She started and played in the first 12 games of the season, allowing 10 goals for a 1.02 goals against average. She had two solo shutouts the entire season and combined with her teammates for four more.
Rice is a Political Science major with a minor in Human Rights and maintains a 3.8 GPA within her major and a 3.5 overall. She is a member of the CPIA Enrichment Team, a program that facilitates the personal growth and adjustment to the University of Connecticut for incoming freshman and transfer students. Rice has mentored close to 100 students as a member of the team. In addition, she was recently inducted into Mortar Board, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service.
The student-athletes will take part in the conference held May 25 through 29, 2003, at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference will feature challenging and though-provoking activities that will enable the student-athletes to become agents at their colleges and universities and in their cities. The student-athletes will participate in daily group discussions about critical issues and join in team-building exercises and leadership-development games during the five-day conference.
As a result of participation, the student-athletes will enhance their decision-making and problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, collaborative skills and improve planning and priority management. The leadership conference also promotes better communication and understanding among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. Following the conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus student-athlete advisory committees as well as other campus leaders.
The NCAA Leadership Conference is one of the largest non-competitive gatherings of student-athletes representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III. The student-athletes were selected from over 1200 nominations that were submitted by member institutions that participate in the NCAA's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.
Criteria for selection to the leadership conference include the student-athlete's demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader and potential to benefit significantly from a leadership-development experience. In order to be eligible, applicants must be in good academic standing and must have athletic eligibility remaining in the following academic year.