March 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Vanessa Fuchs, of the women’s
basketball team, and Chris Williams, of the men’s track team, have been
selected to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership
Conference as recently announced by the NCAA. The conference will be held
May 28-June 1, 2000, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena
The mission of the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is to
develop a diverse group of student-athletes who will actively participate
in and experience a multitude of challenging and throught-provoking
activities that will enable them to become change agents on their campuses
and in their communities. It will provide NCAA student-athletes with the
opportunity to discuss and explore critical issues facing their peers, to
enhance their leadership skills, and to promote better communication among
student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities.
Student-athletes will develop their leadership skills through interactive,
hands-on work in small groups and have the opportunity to reflect on their
A total of 352 student-athletes have been invited to attend the
2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. Student-athletes, representing
all NCAA divisions, a variety of different sports, both genders and
different ethnicities, were nominated from NCAA member institutions that
participate in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
The conference will also focus on critical issues identified during
the nomination process as well as topics recommended by members of the
Division I, II, and III NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.
Fuchs, a junior from Pompano Springs, Fla., is a three-year
letterwinner for the Seminoles. A two-time member of the Atlantic Coast
Conference Academic Honor Roll, Fuchs, a communications major, is a member
of the FSU athletic department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Williams is a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., and runs sprints for the
Seminoles. A solid student, Williams is pursuing a degree in English.