ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (December 10, 2019) — Each year, Augustana College athletes are selected by their head coaches to attend an athletic leadership program during the fall semester. These athletes have demonstrated leadership qualities already in their respective sports, and have the ability to learn and refine their skills through the program. With a guest speaker each night of the program, and different themed session, athletes learn more about their unique and different personalities and effective ways of communication, as well as different leadership styles and approaches while connecting with athletes in different sports than their own. One of the many goals of the program is to better position student athletes as leaders within their teams, within the Augustana College campus community, as well as with post-graduation endeavors.

The following athletes were selected to be part of the program:

Alek Jacobs of Rock Island (61201)

Lauren Hall of Rock Island (61201)

Melanie Parker of Geneseo (61254)

Aviana Zahara of Moline (61265)

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning-experience such as study-abroad, an internship, or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 170 Academic All-Americans, two Nobel laureates, 13 college presidents, and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

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