June 2, 2006

Plainville’s Anthony Pierlioni Attends
NCAA Leadership Conference

            Providence, RI--Rhode Island College junior men’s basketball player Anthony Pierlioni (Plainville, CT) participated in the 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference “Today’s Student-Athletes, Tomorrow’s Leaders”, which was held May 28-June 1 at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club 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 provides 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.

     During the 2005-06 season, Pierlioni played in 27 games, starting 13 of them. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. He registered season-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. UMass Boston on Feb. 18, three blocks vs. Johnson & Wales on Dec. 6 and two steals three times. He helped the Anchormen compile a 19-10 overall record and reach the Championship Game of the 2006 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Men’s Basketball Tournament.

     Participants engaged 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 developed their leadership skills through interactive hands-on work in small groups, and have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences.

     Participating student-athletes represented all NCAA Divisions, a variety of different sports, both genders and different ethnicities