May 7, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Carolina Leadership Academy recognized the recipients of its 2007-08 Three-Dimensional Leader Awards and honored graduates of the Veteran Leaders and Rising Stars programs at is annual banquet on April 14. Held at the Pope Box at Kenan Stadium, the evening event celebrated the fourth year for the CLA, the flagship program in collegiate leadership development.
The Three-Dimensional Leader (3-DL) Award is the highest honor earned by CLA participants. Receiving the awards for 2007-08 were Yael Averbuch (women's soccer), Amanda Barnes (women's lacrosse), Laree Beans (field hockey), Barden Berry (men's golf), Katie Brooks (women's soccer), Rachel Dawson (field hockey), Amber Falcone (women's lacrosse), Marcus Ginyard (men's basketball), Jamie Hanssen (women's lacrosse), Hanes Harris (women's tennis), Shawna Kelly (gymnastics), Tyra Johnson (women's track & field), Josh Moore (men's golf), Lisy McIntee (rowing), Will Randolph (men's fencing), Austin Smith (women's tennis), Robby Swendiman (men's swimming), Kelly Taylor (women's lacrosse), Adam Warren (baseball), Kelly Woodruff (women's swimming) and Julie Yates (women's soccer). Each was introduced by a teammate and fellow CLA participant who explained how the honoree's leadership impacted his or her squad.
Brooks is the first three-time winner in program history and also the first recognized in more than one sport. She has been honored for her role on both the women's soccer and lacrosse teams. Beans, Johnson, McIntee, Randolph and Swendiman all won the award for the second time in their careers.
As a 3-DL winner, Woodruff is following her older brother, Patrick, a former UNC swimmer who won the honor during the 2005-06 school year. They are the first siblings to earn the award.
The keynote speaker was Jeff Janssen, Co-Director of CLA, who regaled the audience with Carolina lore about Michael Jordan. No matter whether it was a practice or an NBA game, Jordan always wore a pair of Carolina shorts under his uniform, Janssen told the crowd. When Jordan won the Dunk Contest, won two Olympic gold medals and hit his signature game winning shots en route to six NBA championships, there were his Carolina blue shorts under it all. Everywhere Jordan went and everything he accomplished, there was Carolina blue under it all.
Janssen conceded, "While the ACC Championships and National Championships you win are certainly great, I personally get more satisfaction when the people and ideas from this Academy spill out and cascade beyond Pope Box into your teams, the community, and around the world. It's these real-world contributions that make the effects of this program ripple far beyond Chapel Hill." In Superman-like fashion, Janssen revealed that he too was wearing Carolina Blue under it all. Under his coat, his tie and his button-down was in fact a Carolina blue Leadership Academy t-shirt. Instead of the super "S," there was the CLA logo across his chest.
In closing, he extolled the graduates that when they are making a difference with their leadership skills in all corners of the world to send pictures of themselves (back to Chapel Hill and CLA) with their Carolina blue on under it all.
Tar Heel student-athletes, coaches, administrators and guests also heard from a pair of program graduates, Bill Dworsky (men's soccer) on behalf of the Rising Stars and Brooks (women's soccer and lacrosse) for the Veteran Leaders.
As the nation's premier leadership development program in collegiate athletics, the Carolina Leadership Academy develops, challenges and supports student-athletes, coaches and staff in their continual quest to become world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life.