AD Leadership Program Takes CMU Student-Athletes to Farwell
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Seventeen Central Michigan University student-athletes drove recently to nearby Farwell High School to meet with freshmen students as part of the Athletics Director’s Leadership Development Program.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Seventeen Central Michigan University student-athletes drove recently to nearby Farwell High School to meet with freshmen students as part of the Athletics Director’s Leadership Development Program.

Student-athletes spoke to the classes on a number of transferable attributes of being a successful athlete, focusing on goal setting and achievement. As part of their education at Farwell, all students take Freshman Focus, a transition class similar to the First Year Experience Program at CMU. The student-athletes were able to relay success strategies to the freshmen for their four years of high school.

“The student-athletes gave excellent examples of how important goal-setting is to achieving success not only on the field, but in the classroom and in life,” said Jason Wolf, a Farwell teacher who organized the event. “They reiterated what we have been teaching in class...it was exactly what we were looking for.”

As part of the Athletics Director’s Leadership Development Program initiative at CMU, the opportunity gave student-athlete leaders a chance to give back to the greater Mid-Michigan community.

“I thought it was a great experience for us to share our knowledge of setting goals and overcoming obstacles in our lives,” explained Brogan Darwin, sophomore on the softball team.

Raeanne Lohner, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and junior of the track and cross country teams expressed, “Our hope is that what we discussed will make a difference to them as they continue on with their high school endeavors.”

Other participating student-athletes were Josh Kettelwell (Men’s Track & Field), Ricky Clark (Baseball), Bryce Morrow (Baseball), James Teas (Baseball), Steve Brown (Wrestling), Tyler Grayson (Wrestling), Amy Binder (Field Hockey), Kim Erasmus (Field Hockey), Paulina Lee (Field Hockey), Tara Shiltz (Field Hockey), Danika Stone (Field Hockey), Brittini Merchant (Softball), Amber Olejniczak (Softball), Jill Schulz (Softball), Kari Seddon (Softball).

Central Michigan was awarded earlier this month with the Mid-American Conference’s Cartwright Award for its excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship. The award is presently annualy to the top overall athletics department in the MAC.
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