June 14, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina recently honored its top student-athlete leaders following the inaugural year of the Carolina Leadership Academy, a unique program designed to promote leadership among student-athletes, coaches and staff members at UNC.
Nine Tar Heels received the Carolina Leadership Academy's highest honor, the Three Dimensional Leader (3DL) Award. Winners of the 3DL Award for the 2004-05 school year were Darian Durant and Jason Brown (football), Emily Glunz and Julie Domina (rowing), Carey Fetting-Smith (field hockey), Alice Schmidt (cross country), Lindsey Stover and Gina Allen (women's lacrosse) and Katie Wright (volleyball).
The 3DL Award is determined by the ratings given to captains and team leaders by UNC coaches and teammates using the Team Leadership Evaluation, which measures a leader's ability to be an effective leader vocally and by example.
Initiated by UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour, the Carolina Leadership Academy is a comprehensive program designed to develop, challenge, and support UNC student-athletes, coaches and staff in their quest to become world-class leaders. More than 250 UNC student-athletes participated in various levels of the program in its inaugural year.
NCAA president Myles Brand visited the North Carolina campus in April to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Carolina Leadership Academy, the first such program in collegiate athletics. The CLA is co-directed by Jeff Janssen, a nationally-prominent expert on sports leadership, and John Blanchard, senior associate athletic director at UNC.