Athletes in Action - Learning to Lead


Thirty-five Northwood University student-athletes with team leaders from each varsity sports program took part in a one-day leadership retreat at Eagle Village Retreat Center in Hersey, Mich., in September.

“We developed this program with three objectives in mind,” said Dave Marsh, Northwood University athletic director. “We wanted to help our team captains and others enhance their leadership skills within their teams, hopefully to see improved performance in our teams. We also wanted to help our student-athletes develop as leaders on campus and in the community as part of their overall education at Northwood. Finally, we wanted to bring all our teams together to encourage them to support each other and build relationships across programs.”

Student-athletes participated in various training exercises, including a classroom session, an outdoor mountain rescue course, and an indoor high ropes course. Sessions allowed the student-athletes to build a better understanding of how to blend different personalities and effectively communicate to achieve goals. The retreat also allowed student-athletes to understand leadership roles on and off the playing field and in their careers beyond Northwood.