WASHINGTON – The Atlantic 10 Conference will host 28 men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes this weekend at the league’s third annual Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Two student-athletes, one male and one female, from each of the A-10's 14 member institutions will participate.

 

Saint Louis University will be represented by Jordan Goodwin, a junior guard from Centreville, Illinois, and Myia Clark, a sophomore guard from Schaumburg, Illinois.

 

Designed to build leadership skills of basketball student-athletes, the summit exposes participants to a wide variety of leadership philosophies through interaction with professionals and each other. The summit not only teaches leadership skills, but also helps define what leadership truly is for each person. Past participants have called the event a “life-changing experience” after coming away with new understanding and knowledge.

 

The two-day event kicks off with a welcome from Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, President of The George Washington University, and A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. Dr. LeBlanc then will participate in a question-and-answer session with the student-athletes to foster group discussion.

 

The student-athletes also will visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and reflect on their experiences at the museum with Dr. Richard Pierce, a University of Notre Dame faculty member in the Departments of Africana Studies and History.

 

Former collegiate and NBA championship coach Kevin Eastman, who facilitated the summit in its first two years, will join the group on day two to lead breakout sessions and discussion on leadership culture.

 

The participants will have opportunities to interact with the presenters and with each other throughout the weekend. A unique aspect of the summit is the opportunity for fierce competitors on the basketball court to unite in their desire to become fierce leaders off the court.