April 15, 2004

North Providence Native to Attend
NCAA Leadership Conference


            Providence, RI--Rhode Island College sophomore Liz Barrette (North Providence, RI) has been selected to participate in the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference, which will be held May 30-June 3 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


            The mission of the NCAA 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 that will enable them to become change agents on their campuses and in their communities. It will provide the 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 324 student-athletes have been invited to attend the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference. Over 1,175 student-athletes were nominated from NCAA member institutions that participate in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.


            Barrette is a two-sport athlete at Rhode Island College, playing women's tennis and basketball. As a sophomore in 2003, Barrette was 12-5 (.706) at number one singles and 13-4 (.765) number one doubles for a team-high 18.5 points during the tennis season. Barrette tied a school-record for a season with 13 doubles wins and was tied for the team lead in singles wins. She is currently 13th in career points all-time at RIC, 18th in singles victories and ninth in doubles victories.


During the basketball season, she played in 18 games. She averaged 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Barrette registered season-highs of eight points vs. Plymouth State on Jan. 24, seven rebounds vs. Thomas College on Jan. 3, three assists vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27 and one steal twice.


            Participants will engage in a variety of developmental activities 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.


            Also nominated for this conference from RIC were junior soccer player German Cardona (Pawtucket, RI), sophomore basketball player Brendan Mullen (Fairhaven, MA) and sophomore women's outdoor track and field student-athlete Serena Morrison (New Haven, CT).