On Friday, March 24, 2023, six Garden City High School Junior student-athletes participated in the 2023 Nassau County High School Principal’s Association Leadership Conference held at Great Neck North High School. 121 Nassau County student-athletes representing over fifty schools attended the conference. The conference featured Greg Sullivan, Professor and Director at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Sullivan discussed with students the importance of civility in athletics and developing shared values and demonstrating positive behaviors/attitudes towards the game. The students then participated in two breakout sessions. The first session, Making Teammates Better: Leading with Empathy, was hosted by Ms. Krissy Holak. The workshop provided a view into how to be an empathetic teammate while discussing: what is empathy and why is it important to Fill Emotional Tanks of their teammates (i.e., providing specific, truthful praise and a supportive environment). Ms. Holak introduced the PACT [Perspective, Align, Connect, Think] frame workshop and scenarios on how to apply the “PACT” in team situations. The second session, Honoring the Game, was a panel discussion hosted by Randy Nathan. The Panel included Nassau County Interscholastic Executive Director, Pat Pizzarelli, sitting Athletic Directors and Principals. This session focused on how all groups involved can share a common goal, identify strengths and opportunities for growth through honoring and respecting the ROOTS of the game (the Rules, Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self). The students at the conferences representing Garden City were Maureen Arendt, Matt Kephart,Matt Liberopoulos, Kendal Morris, Emily Romeo and Bella Vona.
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