Developing Champions | Winston-Salem, NC

  • It was clear from the outset that our group shared some deeply personal information with each other. We connected our topic with our actions as advocates and servants of Wake Forest University, specifically athletics and our student-athletes. I think we were all honored to hear such personal stories that helped us get to know one another even more. We heard loud and clear that providing solid mentorship and support for our student-athletes is paramount to their development as champions both on and off the field – something we at Wake Forest believe in deeply!
  • There was lively discussion and a common theme about morals and a solid work ethic playing such an important role in our own personal development.
  • We were introduced to several first-generation U.S. citizen mentors who labored and sacrificed for the good of their families. There were strong family connections, with grandparents and siblings filling voids left by the untimely death or absence of a parent.
  • Several discussions revolved around an impressionable time in our lives, personal and professional, where we needed a role model or someone who cared deeply about our best interests, yet challenged us to be the best we could be. We all agreed that this is a most impressionable time in the lives of our student-athletes.
  • Many stories involved overcoming long odds, with the encouragement of mentors, to reach your goals and achieve personal success.
  • Inevitably the discussion came back to personal times at Wake Forest or important people who have influenced our lives through our connection to the University.
  • Some quotations on our topic:

“If you don’t set high expectations, you won’t achieve lofty goals.”

“Instead of just telling someone to do it, set an example and jump in, asking them to help you.”

“As a mentor, provide support and guidance. Don’t do it for them.”

“Each person has to come up with their own goals and determine what success means to them.”

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