Patton to Represent Mason at NCAA Leadership Conference

Posted: May 21, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Junior Cara Patton will represent George Mason at the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference, May 25-29 in Orlando, Fla. A member of the women’s soccer team, Patton also is vice president of the George Mason Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).

Last season, Patton started nine of 16 games and contributed two assists as George Mason was 10-11 overall, 7-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association, and advanced to the championship game of the CAA Tournament. A chemistry major, Patton has been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA) four times, has been selected to the Dean’s List (minimum 3.5 GPA) once, and is a two-time CAA Scholar-Athlete.

The NCAA Leadership Conference is one of the largest noncompetitive gatherings of NCAA student-athletes. Designed as a forum for the student-athletes to discuss key issues, the conference provides them with an opportunity to enhance their leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving skills along with improving planning and priority management.

Following the leadership conference, the student-athletes are asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus SAAC and other campus leaders. Participants also are asked to develop a strategic plan that will address or solve an issue on their campus or in their community and implement the plan when they return to campus.

To be eligible for the leadership conference, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. Criteria for selection include the student-athlete’s demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader and his or her potential to benefit significantly from a leadership development experience.

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