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Eight student-athletes selected for Leadership Development Program

March 5, 2018

Northern Illinois University Chief of Staff Dr. Matthew Streb and Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier have announced the “LEaD Huskies” class of 2017-18.

Eight sophomore student-athletes have earned the prestigious honor of being selected to this program, after being nominated by their head coaches. This class is the sixth group of LEaD Huskies since the program began in 2013-14.

This year’s LEaD Huskies are Amanda Bartemio (gymnastics), Jake Dunham (baseball), Jordan Less (men’s golf), Ally May (women’s basketball), Allison Richardson (gymnastics), Isabella Samudio (women’s golf), Myia Starks (women’s basketball) and Natalie Yass (women’s soccer).

“This is an impressive group of student-athletes,” Streb said. “They have a combined grade point average (GPA) of over 3.90, are active in the community and are already being recognized with prestigious athletic awards.”

The LEaD Huskies program gives the selected individuals a platform to showcase their leadership throughout the NIU community and receive special mentoring to continue their success after graduation. The requirement to be eligible for this program is having a GPA of 3.50 or higher and having the potential to be honored for significant athletic awards.

LEaD is an acronym that stands for Leadership Enhancement and Development. This program was implemented in the NIU Athletics department by Streb, then the Huskies’ faculty athletics representative, to identify student-athletes during their sophomore year who have demonstrated the ability to perform at excellent levels academically, as well as showing the potential to serve in leadership roles in regards to the classroom and on their respective teams.

The past classes of LEaD Huskies have achieved at the highest levels, earning numerous academic and athletic awards, including Academic All-Americans, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and All Mid-American Conference (MAC)  selections. They have also set school records and served on MAC and even NCAA committees.

“The success of our past LEaD Huskies should motivate this group,” Streb said.  “I fully expect that this new class will achieve the same success as our past cohorts and meet the high expectations we have for these students.”