Banning, Sclafani Taking Part in NCAA Leadership Forum
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dayton men’s tennis student-athlete Parker Banning and Massachusetts women’s soccer student-athlete Dani Sclafani are participating in the NCAA Leadership Forum this weekend as the two Atlantic 10 representatives. The forum, which begins Thursday, is being held in Orlando, Fla., and continues through Sunday.
Sclafani was chosen as the league's female representative, while Banning was the male representative. Each Division I conference nominates one student-athlete from both a men's and a women's program to attend the forum. Both Sclafani (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Banning (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) are sophomores.
"I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the 2019 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum," said Sclafani. "Throughout my life, I try to implement leadership in everything I do on and off the field. I believe this experience will not only allow me to be a better leader, but a more understanding and open minded individual. I cannot wait to take all that I learn from the weekend back to my teammates, the UMass Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the Atlantic 10 conference."
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).
"I am humbled and honored to be selected to represent the University of Dayton and the Atlantic 10 Conference at the NCAA Leadership Forum,” Banning said. “Through this experience, I hope to continue having an impact within the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and throughout the entire community."
The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for more than 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.
"I am especially excited to learn about different leadership styles and how to tailor leadership practices to different individuals to better inspire them and help them achieve success," said Sclafani. "As I learned from the NCAA coursework given to me, different individuals can be inspired in their own ways. It is important to learn our own leadership styles to better understand how to help others even in difficult situations."
Dayton Athletics and UMass Athletics contributed to this story