On Friday, March 29, 2019, The South Carolina High School League held its’ Annual Youth Leadership Summit in Columbia. This leadership summit allows student-athletes throughout the state of South Carolina to come together collaboratively and learn about improving themselves, their communities, and schools. The day is broken up into session with various presenters coming in to talk about topic directly impacting the youth and how they can be agents of change.
Temaj Butler said, “It gave me a chance to meet other people who played the same sports I play, and to get to know them. Also, I learned some steps to setting and achieving goals I set for myself. One of the presenters also spoke about the different types of bullying, and what you should do when you see it happening in front of you.”
J’Nay McClain who serves as a member of the SCHSL Student Athletic Advisory Committee, served as a guide, helping students and presenters throughout the day of the event.
Natalie Craven said, “I really enjoyed myself at the youth summit. I had no expectations going into it, but took away a good deal of information that I can bring back to my community.”
Coach Hammer said he thought this summit would include seminars on coaching philosophies. However, he learned a great deal about influencing and motivating student-athletes, and gaining insight in how to bring a more strategic approach to accountability of everyone involved in a sports program.