Annual Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program

In 2007, the American Red Cross, the NAIA and State Farm Insurance established the innovative Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. The program is intended to: exemplify core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program; inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders; promote diversity on Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors; foster leadership opportunities; champion a philanthropic cause; and impact local communities.

Each year the program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Student-athletes acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by senior Red Cross leadership and NAIA representatives.  They learn to organize successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board and take part in diversity and cultural competency training.  Student-athletes receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance. This year, the program starts on Monday June 4, 2012. “This program is incredibly exciting as it demonstrates the value of successful and meaningful partnerships and celebrates the impact of youth leadership.”- Brian Hamil, National Chair, Biomedical Services, American Red Cross

Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program Participants

2012-13 Leaders
Zach Aldrich, Baker University(Kan.), Tennis
Aaron Back, Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), Wrestling
Tamara Bates, Philander Smith College (Ark.), Basketball
Derek Gross, Indiana University Southeast, Baseball
Taylor Hosna, Missouri Baptist University, Track & Field
Hannah Husmann, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Tennis
Kate Kendall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Volleyball
Emily Koch, Avila University (Mo.), Volleyball
Konner McIntire, MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.), Volleyball
Alec Meddings, Bethel University (Tenn.), Swimming
Clayton O’Neill, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas), Basketball
Kamari Palmer, Allen University (S.C.), Volleyball
Jacob Simmonds, Friends University (Kan.), Basketball
Baily Tom, Indiana Institute of Technology, Softball


~Hanna Malak

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