Lees-McRae Athletics Participates in Conference Carolinas Leadership Forum

Lees-McRae Athletics Participates in Conference Carolinas Leadership Forum


HIGH POINT, N.C. - Lees-McRae College sent three participants to the fourth Conference Carolinas Leadership Forum in High Point, N.C. back on Oct. 26-27.

Lees-McRae College sent Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach Dustin Barrow, men's volleyball student-athlete Ethan Gardner and men's lacrosse student-athlete Reef Sharif to the event. These individuals were selected by Vice President for Athletics and Club Sports Craig McPhail.

"This was a great opportunity to build future leaders and help them become more aware of the roles they have," said McPhail. "I'm encouraged by their energy from this retreat and how it will make their teams and our department better."

Barrow explained that the forum touched on concepts such as personal leadership and peer leadership, and how to use these concepts and qualities in order to elevate yourself and those around you.

"One of the big picture lessons that I took away from the forum was that building a culture is bringing many different cultures and beliefs together to achieve a common goal," said Barrow. "It can be done but it takes being vulnerable, continued education, failure, and the resilience to bounce back and move forward every day. "

Gardner also commented on his takeaways from the experience.

"The biggest thing that stuck with me is that I learned about being a mindful athlete," said Gardner. "It was said that while most of us complain about a certain drill or going to practice, what we don't realize is that we have opportunities that others would love to have."

Barrow went on to give some more thoughts on the event and what else he learned from it.

"I believe that a leadership team should be implemented in every department to allow for not only continued growth as a department but also to allow for our students to become better leaders on and off the field," continued Barrow. "I also enjoyed interacting and building relationships with other representative from other schools in the conference and being able to see how others lead and teach their students."

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