TULSA, Okla. – Senior Bryce Choate (track & field) and junior Tatum Grigsby (women's soccer) have been selected to represent Oral Roberts University, and The Summit League, at the 2019 NCAA Leadership Forum this April in Orlando, Florida.
"It is a great honor and opportunity to be able to represent my team, school and conference," said Choate. "I will be representing every great student, athlete and leader that make ORU such an amazing University. ORU was founded on the principle of representing more than just ourselves. We proudly walk as spirit-empowered leaders wherever we go. I am grateful for the nomination and I am excited for the chance to grow as a leader."
Grigsby echoed the sentiments of Choate, saying "It is an absolute honor to be selected. Being part of ORU Athletics has taught me more than I can ever imagine about how to be a leader. I am honestly humbled that I was chosen to represent The Summit League and ORU to all of Division Athletics."
Both ORU student-athletes are members of the newly created ORU Leadership Academy, started by Senior Associate A.D./Internal Affairs Scott Williams.
"It is really exciting to see Tatum and Bryce receive this honor," said Williams. "Their individual accomplishments and impact on campus and in the community are impressive and make them truly deserving of this recognition. Our vision in ORU Athletics is to 'Develop Whole Person Champions.' Seeing these two student-athletes selected for this opportunity by The Summit League amongst all their peers is a testament to our execution of our vision."
The inaugural ORU Leadership Academy had 28 student-athletes as selected by the head coaches of ORU's 16 athletic teams. The academy kicked off the fall semester with a half-day retreat where the students participated in interactive exercises that introduced the curriculum of the academy. The key topic areas are the four pillars of a Whole Person Champion: Competitive Excellence, Intellectually Alert, Spiritually Alive and Socially Adept. The student-athletes were divided into four teams and assigned one of the four pillars. The academy meets once a month and are student-driven as each team presented and led the other students through their assigned topic. The capstone project for the year is a student-led community mission project for all ORU student-athletes which will occur in April.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).
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