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Thompson Chosen to Participate in Youth Leadership Program

Trinity basketball player Michael Thompson ’10 of Macomb, Illinois, is one of 13 student-athletes from across the country who have been selected to represent the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) in a partnership with the American Red Cross. He will participate in the 2009-2010 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program, which is aimed at inspiring, motivating, and creating a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders.

“When I heard about the program from our athletics director Jeff Raymond, I knew that Michael would be a good candidate,” said men’s basketball coach Tim Walker. “With his leadership skills, science and medical field interests, academic success, and caring attitude, he fits the objective of the program perfectly.”

The leadership program, as a part of the Red Cross diversity initiative, kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at the Red Cross National Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. from June 8-19. The 2009-10 class will participate first-hand coaching, mentoring, and professional leadership training presented by senior leadership at the Red Cross as well as NAIA executives.  The student-athletes will learn from civic and business leaders in the field how to uncover their leadership potential. They will learn about organizing successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board, and take part in diversity and cultural competency training.  The participants will then carry that knowledge back to their campuses where they will implement the learned strategies to raise awareness of the Red Cross and in follow-up activities.

As a part of the selection process, Thompson completed a written application, gathered recommendations, and went through phone interviews. He was then chosen from the entire pool of NAIA student-athletes who applied as one of the elite thirteen finalists to participate in the program.

“I am honored to have been selected,” said Thompson.  “ I have donated blood before and understand the importance of it, but it will be good to learn more about what the Red Cross does and how I can help in serving my community through their organization.”


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