Student Athlete Leadership Council
Many times, when we hear the word “team” we often picture jerseys flashing by, athletes huddling together or balls whizzing by as we cheer on our favorite players to another victory. While these may be fond aspects of the term, Lake Land College’s Student Athlete Leadership Council is redefining what it means to be a team.
Chosen by their coaches to represent their teams, up to two members from women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, men’s basketball, baseball and cheerleading come together at least once a month to discuss Laker Athletics as a whole and find ways to improve it for everyone involved while also gaining amazing experiences both on and off the field.
As leaders on and off the court, these athletes see their services on the council creating a lasting effect on themselves, their teammates and their college. Part of their responsibilities as a council is organizing their teams’ involvement at department fundraisers and events such as the St. Louis Cardinal Caravan. The council organizes the event and then takes assignments back to the members’ respective teams.
When a team is in need of new equipment or if there is an opportunity for growth throughout the department, it is the Student Athlete Leadership Council that discusses how to best approach the situation. After discussion amongst its members, the council approaches its advisor, softball coach Nic Nelson, about a solution.
This council also leads the way for memorable moments that will help these athletes in achieving their career goals. One such opportunity is speaking at and attending college and community events. Members of the Student Athlete Leadership Council were present at the Distinguished Alumni Society and Athletics Hall of Fame night where they met Lake Land alumni including one alumnus who currently works as a secret service agent for former president Jimmy Carter.