More than 250 high school student athletes, coaches, and athletic directors from school districts across Waukesha County will be participating in a unique, day-long student leadership workshop at the Sheraton in Brookfield on March 25. The event, hosted by the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities, Addiction Resource Council and Rosecrance Behavioral Health Treatment Center will feature John Underwood, president of the American Athletic Institute and creator of the Life of an Athlete (LOA) program.
During the workshop, Underwood will present an overview of the LOA program and discuss the criteria for selecting and training student athletes as leaders in the school setting and on the playing field. The audience will hear why LOA is essential to create a positive and successful athletic environment. At the end of the workshop, the students and coaches will create an action plan to take back to their own school in order to implement the next phase in their LOA program.
While in Waukesha County, Underwood will spend also Wednesday, March 26 in the Kettle Moraine School District and Thursday, March 27 in the Elmbrook School District. During the day, he will hold training sessions for both districts’ students and coaches. Then, in the evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Underwood will present “Pure Performance: Life of an Athlete” to parents, students, coaches, educators, and community, challenging each to set higher standards and expectations for athletics and the communities as a whole.
The goal of Life of an Athlete is to turn a school’s traditional, static code of conduct into a dynamic teaching program that helps student athletes create a healthy lifestyle in order to maximize their physical and mental potential. It educates students, coaches, and parents with research-based information regarding substance use, sleep habits, nutrition, recovery, and emotional health. It also gives student athletes the leadership skills to empower other students to create a safe and healthy culture throughout their sports teams and school community.
The DFC program is a federal effort to reduce youth substance use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. The coalition represents a number of partnering agencies including schools, healthcare professionals, law enforcement, media, parents, youth, state and local agencies and civic and volunteer groups. For more information on the coalition visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/dfc.