Student-Athletes Participate in Clare High School Teen Summit

CLARE, Mich. - Nine Central Michigan University student-athletes took part in the 2010 Teen Summit held at Clare High School Tuesday in conjunction with the Athletic Director's Leadership Program, leading two breakout sessions on leadership, respect and adversity.

Members of CMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), along with other CMU student-athletes, held discussions related to the sacrifices and dedication required to become a collegiate student-athlete. The student-athletes spoke on a variety of topics including communication, choices, leadership and taking initiative, adversity, and making the best any situation.

The Clare Teen Summit was designed to educate students about the problems they face every day and enable them to respond positively to the challenges in their lives.

"It was a great opportunity for us to interact with the community. I know when I was in high school I would have loved to listen to a student-athlete speak," junior baseball student-athlete Sam Russell remarked. "As upper-classmen, we were all able to share some of our experiences that will hopefully help the students as they look forward to life after their high school careers."

Additional student-athletes who participated in the event were: David Ashcraft (track and field), Amy Binder (field hockey), John Calvert (track and field), Katelyn Christensen, (track and field), Paulina Lee (field hockey), Matt Lutzke (cross country/track and field), Samantha Piotrowski (gymnastics) and Kito Poblah (football).

CMU student-athletes are continuously involved in community events through the department's Central Athletes Reaching Everyone (C.A.R.E.) program. To date this school year, student-athletes have served more than 1,200 hours during 10 events.

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