UW Center for Leadership in Athletics

June 29, 2023

CLA June Update

The 2022-2023 IAL Cohort Graduated!

This past weekend the 2023 IAL Graduation Ceremony was held at the University of Washington. 73% of graduates have already landed roles in the Athletic or Education Industry. Highlights of Graduation Day included student keynote speakers, capstone posters, and of course, the student slideshow!

Check out pictures and videos from graduation

Nadica Jovanovik’s Fellowship at the CLA

Nadica Jovanovik, an emerging coach developer from North Macedonia, spent four-weeks at the University of Washington’s Center for Leadership in Athletics. Nadica’s fellowship with us was through the “Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative”, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. At the end of her fellowship, Nadica sat down with us for an interview about her background and what she gained from her time at the CLA!

Read more about Nadica

The Million Coaches Challenge Belief Statement

We, one of the organizations of the Million Coaches Challenge, believe that coaches who are well-versed in evidence-based youth development and skill-building practices are essential to creating quality sports experiences that support young people’s physical, mental and emotional needs. Creating a positive environment through these practices leads to more youth enjoyment, learning, growth, and a desire to continue playing sports. We are committed to a system of accessible, evidence-based training for coaches in youth development practices that will raise the bar for the youth sports experience.

Learn more about The MCC Belief Statement

Podcast Recommendation

Katie Cavender, 2008 IAL M.Ed. alum, recently appeared on the Heartlent Group‘s “We Need To Be Doing That” podcast. Katie discussed her rise to leadership in college athletics, and shared her thoughts about NIL, the expanding College Football Playoff, and her content creation strategy for the College Football Playoff.

Listen here!

Dr. Olson and Dr. McCleery Presented at the Project Play Summit

Launched in 2013 by the Aspen Sports Institute, the Project Play Summit convenes leaders, identifies gaps in access to quality sport activity, and mobilizes organizations for action. Dr. Hannah Olson discussed the nationwide lack of properly trained youth coaches during the summit’s Training Coaches in Youth Development Panel. Dr. Julie McCleery discussed how we use data to drive equity and access in youth sports during the summit’s Leveraging Data for Local Advocacy Panel.

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