May 22, 2001
STORRS, CT -- University of Connecticut women's soccer team member Maria Yatrakis (Brooklyn, NY) will join 32-other soccer student-athletes, identified as current or future leaders on their campuses, in representing their schools at the fifth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference.
Yatrakis, a junior with sophomore eligibility, was the starting goalie for the majority of the Huskies 2000 season and was also tri-captain of the squad. Yatrakis played and started in all 26 UConn games, sporting a goals against average of 0.70, allowing 16 goals on 73 saves in 2055 minutes played.
Three hundred student-athletes from 22 sports will take part in the conference held May 28 through June 1, 2001, at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The 2001 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference will feature challenging and thought-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 Foundation 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 a total of 1,084 nominations that were submitted by member institutions that participate in the NCAA's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. Twenty-one of the soccer representatives are from Division I programs, with 10 from Division III schools, and two from Division II.
Criteria for selection to the leadership conference include
the student-athletes' 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 athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic