WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD’S CINDY HERRERA ATTENDS NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE LEADERSHIP FORUM
Women’s track and field team member Cindy Herrera (Rockaway, New Jersey) was one of three representatives from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference to attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Texas this past November. Herrera was joined by athletics administrator Jenna Adams as part of the NCAA’s program to promote leadership skills among its student-athletes.
The forum is a four-day experience drawing a range of student-athletes, coaches, faculty members and administrators from all three NCAA divisions who are provided with the opportunity to learn about themselves and to improve their leadership skills. The event included leadership and development workshops, breakout sessions and leadership training.
Herrera was honored to represent Caldwell University, Division II and the CACC.
“Being able to meet different student athletes, coaches and administrators from all over the country, and even internationally, was such an eye-opening experience because we all got to learn what it meant to be a leader.” Being a leader, she said, involves much more than a title.
“You don’t need to be captain of your sport or do a hundred and one things on campus to be considered a great leader and listener. At the end of the day, I learned that the only thing stopping you from experiencing your life to the fullest is you, and I’ll thank the NCAA for showing me that.”
The forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for student-athletes, who have grown personally and professionally as a result of their attendance. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, a refine understanding of the relationship among personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and the support of a close network of like- minded peers that provides continued connection and dialogue after the program concludes.