Concordia St. Paul News

January 3, 2017

Concordia’s Josh Johanson Participates in NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

Concordia junior multi-event athlete Josh Johanson (East Chain, Minn.) was selected as one of the Northern Sun (NSIC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives to participate in the NCAA Leadership Forum, held in Baltimore, Maryland in mid-November.

Johanson was one of just three NSIC representatives as the forum selects three SAAC members from each Division II conference. Each student must have good academic standing and demonstrate the ability to lead.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life,” Johanson reflected on the December episode of Golden Bear Insider. “The biggest takeaway for me was that as a student-athlete, we are 24-hour leaders. There’s a fine line between being an athlete and a student-athlete. As a student-athlete, we portray leadership 24 hours a day. It’s not just leading by example on the track, but also being an influential person off the track. It truly shows who you are and how you reflect your leadership. It’s what I’m trying to bring back to CSP from this opportunity.”

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend Leadership 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 perspectives and the valuable role of SAAC.

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