Local high school athletes attend 3rd annual leadership conference
As the 2012-2013 school year quickly approaches, sports teams across the region are preparing for a new season of high school athletics. From 9:00-noon on Tuesday, July 24, more than 30 of the area’s most promising high school junior and senior athletes will attend Student Athlete Leadership Training (S.A.L.T.), sponsored by Penn State Lehigh Valley Athletics. The program will be held in the auditorium of the Penn State Lehigh Valley campus in Center Valley.
S.A.L.T. is an intensive one-day course designed to enhance the leadership skills of student athletes and instill the importance of developing a culture of respect and responsibility toward others. Included in the course are activities that cover leadership characteristics, communication, conflict resolution, and team building.
"The objective of S.A.L.T is to help the students take a deeper look into the roles and responsibilities that come with a leadership position,” says Rich Fatzinger, coordinator of athletics at Penn State Lehigh Valley, who developed the program. “Our goal is for them to apply what they learn in the course not only within their sports teams, but also in every aspect of their lives.”
In addition to the day of training, participants will become part of the S.A.L.T. Facebook page, an online resource maintained by Penn State Lehigh Valley that will allow the athletes to continue to interact with each other throughout the school year. The page will serve as a way for them to exchange ideas and keep up-do-date with each other’s progress.
S.A.L.T. participants represent teams from the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference, Schuylkill Valley Conference, and the Colonial League, and include Allentown Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, Catasauqua, Easton Area, East Stroudsburg South, Emmaus, Freedom, Liberty, Lincoln Leadership Academy, Nazareth, Northampton, Pocono Mountain West, Stroudsburg, Tamaqua Area, and Whitehall high schools.