Aug. 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia Athletic Association has selected 17 student-athletes to be inducted into the Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program at a ceremony on Monday, October 8, 2012.
The L.E.A.D. program was initiated to encourage leadership development in UGA's most promising student-athletes. The 2012 inductees include Torri Allen, Stafford, Va., soccer; Carly Anthony, Redmond, Wash., equestrian; Chris Conley, Dallas, Ga., football; Laura Eddy, Atlanta, Ga., soccer; Reuben Faloughi, Martinez, Ga., football; Nic Fink, Morristown, N.J., swimming and diving; Ty Frix, Calhoun, Ga., football; Kate Fuller, Suwanee, Ga., tennis; Julia Hemingway, Alpharetta, Ga., equestrian; Lauren Herring, Greenville, N.C., tennis; Morgann Leleux, New Iberia, La., track and field; Maddie Locus, Sugarland, Texas, swimming and diving; Burke McCarty, Dunwoody, Ga., track and field; Nicholas Reach, Moscow, Pa., golf; Garrison Smith, Atlanta, Ga., football; Kosta Vavlas, Tarpon Springs, Fla., football; Shannon Vreeland, Overland Park, Kan., swimming and diving.
Following their induction into the program, the student-athletes will have the opportunity to meet and interact with local, state and industry leaders. L.E.A.D.'s goal is to have at least one annual visit to companies, facilities and areas where superb leadership has had a visible impact on the organization and/or surrounding community.
Additionally, these student-athletes will be provided with resources to be competitive for conference and national awards and postgraduate scholarships. L.E.A.D. will assist the student-athletes by reviewing each student-athlete's current community service, campus involvement and academic and athletic credentials; providing resources to improve deficient areas; explaining the award nomination processes and providing biographical information on past winners; and assisting with preparation for graduate school.
As an incentive for participating in the program, L.E.A.D. participants will have the opportunity to compete for a highly coveted graduate assistantship position within the Athletic Association.