Feb. 2, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Participants in the Carolina Leadership Academy's Veteran Leaders Program spend plenty of time focused on ways that their leadership skills can benefit their teams. But they also study the way those skills can be beneficial outside the realm of athletics, and in particular after they've graduated from UNC and moved on to other endeavors.
During the fall semester, those Tar Heels - captains or upperclass leaders on their respective teams - got an up-close view of outstanding leadership in action, spending one of their monthly meetings at UNC Hospitals, talking with members of the emergency medicine team.
The hospital visit is the second for the Veteran Leaders program, who made a similar trip in the fall of 2008. The group first gathered on the helipad, for a look at the Air Care helicopter and a bird's-eye view of campus and Chapel Hill. There they heard from members of the in-flight medical staff about their roles in transporting patients to and from the hospital in pressure-filled situations.
The Tar Heel student-athletes then took part in a question-and-answer session with hospital emergency staff members, who spoke about the practical applications of leadership in their work. The Veteran Leaders were left with a fuller understanding of ways the training and experience their gaining now will help them in their future careers.