Madeira Athletics finished fall sport preseasons this week. Both new incoming and returning athletes competed on the field and court throughout a full, four day preseason schedule. This year's preseason programming included the opportunity for athletes to work with coaches in their respective sports during two practices per day, and also provided time for team building and leadership development. Each team worked on campus with Inner Quest, an experiential educational organization that led the student-athletes through a series of team building exercises.
STRIVE, a leadership development group that is dedicated to spreading the power of character-driven leadership, ran a workshop for all preseason student-athletes, the equestrian team, as well as the day and boarding student leaders on campus. Students were led through several exercises that allowed them to uncover leadership potential in themselves and to see, as the Strive slogan states, "How [they] lead matters."
Athletic Director, Katie LaRue, expounded on the importance of leadership development within Madeira Athletics. "I feel that our athletes currently have a basic understanding of what leadership is, but we want to help them develop and expand those skills on a deeper level. Leadership development is a next step for our program, and I am excited that the Strive workshop has started the ball rolling, and that we were able to offer that opportunity to all of our preseason athletes. This compliments the optional leadership curriculum that we held last year and will continue this year. We are putting a focus on the contributions that athletes can make to our teams, our program, and to the community. These are skills that will serve our girls not only in the athletic arena, but also in their daily interactions, within the Madeira community, and beyond."