Lauer Chosen For NCAA Conference

May 3, 2004

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. West Virginia University junior wrestler Brandon Lauer has been selected to participate in the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference, May 30-June 3, at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Lauer is coming off a medical redshirt season and will wrestle at 141-pounds this fall. The Highland, Md., native became West Virginias 16th All-American with an eighth-place finish at 133-pounds in 2003. Lauer, a physical education teaching major, is President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at WVU.

The 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference is one of the largest non-competitive gatherings of NCAA student-athletes. The conference is designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators when they return to their campuses.

The student-athlete leaders were selected from a total of 1,175 nomination forms that were submitted by college and university officials who have NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills programs at their schools. Student-athletes attending the leadership conference reside in the United States and abroad. They represent Divisions I, II and III, and fall, winter and spring sports.

During the five-day event, student-athletes have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics dealing with critical needs of student-athletes. A total of 52 coaches, athletics administrators and program facilitators will join the student-athletes at the conference.

Following the leadership conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus SAAC, as well as other campus leaders. The participants are also asked to develop a self-directed project that will address an issue on their campus or in their community and implement the plan when they return to their campuses.

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