Indianapolis, In.—UMBC men's soccer junior Alex La Noire (Beltsville, Md./Good Counsel) will represent both UMBC and the America East at the NCAA Leadership Forum next month in Washington, D.C. The junior was chosen among all SAAC (student-athlete advisory committee) members across all nine America East institutions.
The Leadership Forum was created in 1997, and has seen over 5,000 student-athletes attend the annual conference, to help them grow professionally and personally, while also helping student-athletes network with other student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions.
The forum was divisional and regionally-based starting in 2002, but in 2010 the NCAA consolidated all participants from all divisions to a single forum at one site.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of the student-athlete advisory committee.
For the Retrievers, La Noire is a member of the UMBC men's soccer program, as well as the student-athlete advisory committee. The junior was named to the 2017 America East Conference Helping Hands team. The America East Helping Hands Team, in its fourth year, was established to recognize a male and female student-athlete from each of the nine America East institutions for their exemplary efforts in the area of community service while remaining in good academic standing.