Em­pow­er­ing stu­dent cap­tains with lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

On Jan. 28, Nebo School District held its Cap­tains Academy on lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship. Cap­tains’ Academy is held three times each year and in­cludes cap­tains from ju­nior high and high school. Win­ter Cap­tains Academy in­cludes boys’ bas­ket­ball, girls’ bas­ket­ball, wrestling, boys’ swim­ming, girls’ swim­ming, drill team and band.

Nebo School District Ath­letic Co­or­di­na­tor Mike Brown said, “This Cap­tains Academy was very suc­cess­ful as we fo­cused on lead­er­ship and sports­man­ship. We asked the stu­dent ath­letes to find ways they could in­flu­ence in­di­vid­u­als, their team­mates and class­mates to be­come school lead­ers.”

Brown and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Scott Wil­son started the academy by wel­com­ing stu­dent lead­ers from 12 Nebo School District schools. Wil­son in­tro­duced the idea of be­ing an in­di­vid­ual leader and told cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries of per­sonal lead­ers in his life.

Brown led a dis­cus­sion on “What is a leader?” Then the stu­dents worked in groups to an­swer the ques­tions “What is a leader?” and “What is the role of a cap­tain?”

Springville High School Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Mark Binks and As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Scott John­son led a dis­cus­sion on how to in­still sports­man­ship in their schools.

All of the Stu­dent Cap­tains sat at in­di­vid­ual ta­bles with their peers from other ju­nior high and high schools. They lis­tened to each pre­sen­ter, then worked col­lab­o­ra­tively to present back to the en­tire group their po­si­tion and ideas.

An­drew Weeks, ath­letic di­rec­tor at Payson High School, in­tro­duced “Tak­ing Care of You” and the ath­letic trainer’s role in schools.

Nebo School District gives a big thank you to Laura Salazar, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor at In­ter­moun­tain Health­care, for the de­li­cious lunch pro­vided for the cap­tains and lead­ers.

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