May 6, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Serign Marong, a junior-to-be at Washington State University, has been selected to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference May 28-June 1, 2000, at Disney's Colorado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Marong, a linebacker, has played in 22 of 23 possible games over the past two seasons, including three starts. Also a member of several special team units, he has made 38 tackles, including five tackles-for-losses, and won five team awards for single game performances.
An All-Pacific-10 Conference first team academic pick last fall, the biology major with a 3.51 cumulative grade point average also was a GTE/CoSIDA All-District 7 second team honoree. In addition he was one of 12 WSU student-athletes to receive the Eagle Hardware and Garden Academic Award for 1999-2000. The Pullman High graduate has been involved in football program's "Give Back Program", including Spokane Youth clinics, Shriners Hospital Visits, DARE program visits to elementary schools to Stay in school and stay off drugs. He also has been active in WSU's CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
"Our goal at Washington State University is to see our student-athletes develop the life skills, knowledge and maturity to balance both their athletic and academic commitments," offered Marcia Saneholtz, WSU's interim athletic director. "Serign is one of our leaders and a great role model for all our student-athletes. His positive impact in his remaining two years at WSU will be enhanced by his participation in the NCAA leadership conference."
The mission of the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is to develop a diverse group of student-athletes who will actively participate in and experience a multitude of challenging and thought-provoking activities what will enable them to become change agents on their campuses and in their communities. It will provide NCAA student-athletes with the opportunity to discuss and explore critical issues facing their peers, to enhance their leadership skills, and to promote better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities.
A total of 352 student-athletes have been invited to attend the 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. Student-athletes were nominated from NCAA member institutions that participate in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
The 2000 conference will focus on critical issues identified during the nomination process, as well as topics recommended by members of the Divisions I, II, and III NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.
Participants will engage in a variety of developmental exercises designed to enhance their communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills and will also participate in collaborative projects and critical thinking. Student-athletes will develop their leadership skills through interactive, hands-on work in small groups and have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences.
Participating student-athletes will represent all NCAA divisions, a variety of different sports, both genders and different ethnicities.
For more information on the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference or the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, contact Michael Gant or Lori Hendricks at the NCAA national office, 317-917-6222.