FHSAA To Host First Student-Athlete Leadership Seminar

GAINESVILLE, FL (2/22/18) – The first-ever Florida Student-Athlete Leadership Seminar will take place August 1 at West Port High School in Ocala, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced Thursday. The conference is designed to further enhance leadership skills in FHSAA student-athletes who have a desire to use their platform to create positive change in their community.

“We are excited to host this inaugural event to benefit the future of not only our student-athletes, but the state of Florida as well,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “We believe the student-athletes attending the conference will leave with a deep understanding of what it means to have an impactful influence on their peers.”

The keynote speakers for the one-day seminar are Special Olympics Florida CEO Sherry Wheelock and National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Famer Missy West. The event will also feature a panel of the FHSAA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee discussing trending topics within the FHSAA, as well as sessions on improving your digital identity, the role of captain and presenting your best self.

“West Port High School is thrilled to be chosen as the venue to host the inaugural Student-Athlete Leadership Seminar,” West Port High School Athletic Director Lyle Livengood said. “We are looking forward to partnering with the FHSAA and welcoming leaders from all over the state. The tremendous support for this event by Marion County Public Schools and the Ocala community will help ensure these student-athlete leaders have an educational as well as memorable experience.” 

Registration for the conference is $30 and includes a shirt, lunch and a commemorative gift. The conference is open to the first 100 student applicants, who can sign up March 12-May 31 via the free GoFan (Apple and Android) app. GoFan is the exclusive digital ticketing provider for the FHSAA.

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Keynote Addresses

Opening Keynote Address: Benefits of Sports Participation.  Discusses how sports prepares us for the life ahead. The story we write for ourselves is being written every day with every decision we make. Will we make the most of today? Presentation led by Missy West, NFHS Hall of Famer Class of 2017

Closing Keynote Address: Inclusion. Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics promotes social inclusion through shared sports training and competition. How will you be champion today? Presentation led by Sherry Wheelock, Special Olympics Florida CEO

Breakout Sessions

Digital Identity: How to Build Your Personal Brand. With colleges and job markets using social media to gain insight on potential applicants, how can one create a positive image on social media? In this presentation, students will learn how to use social media to their advantage and create a digital identity they can be proud of.

Student-Athlete Panel: FHSAA Hot Topics. A roundtable discussion where students from across the state can learn about what’s trending within the Florida High School Athletic Association from the point of view from FHSAA administration and members of the student advisory committee.

Bringing your A-Game. This presentation discusses how to be your best self. With a competitive environment for colleges and employment, how can you stand out amongst the crowd?

Role of a Captain. What does it mean to be a captain? What does it take be a positive example on your team? How can one step outside the box and be a more successful leader? This presentation will discuss ways current and future captains can have an impact on their team.

About The FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors aca­demic and athletic achievement among current and former student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Head­quartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida.