NORFORK, PLUSKOTA TO REPRESENT TENNESSEE AT NCAA LEADERSHIP FORUM


NORFORK, PLUSKOTA TO REPRESENT TENNESSEE AT NCAA LEADERSHIP FORUM

Courtesy: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.University of Tennessee student-athlete Natalie Pluskota (women’s tennis) has been selected to represent the university at the inaugural 2010 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum to be held Oct. 21-24 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

This fall marks the first time Division I, II and III regionally-based leadership programming will take place at one site on the same weekend. The NCAA anticipates 400 student-athletes will attend.

During the four-day program, Pluskota will take part in numerous leadership-related activities, including team-building exercises, NCAA and Divisional Governance sessions, service activities and more.

Pluskota, a junior from Newnan, Ga., has earned All-American status in each of her two seasons at Rocky Top. She and Caitlin Whoriskey finished the season as the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the nation last year, and in October of 2009, the two captured the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American doubles championship. A two-time Academic All-SEC selection, Pluskota is pursuing a degree in Sport Management.

“It’s a great experience for her,” Lady Vol tennis co-head coach Mike Patrick said. “She has a very dynamic, outgoing personality and she’s already accomplished a lot of good things in her career. We’re really happy that she gets the opportunity to go to this conference.”

The leadership forum will engage a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators and provide pertinent and customized sessions that will enhance personal awareness and leadership skills needed to impact student-athlete development at the campus and conference level, and beyond the college realm.

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