April 16, 2007

Tennessee offensive lineman Vladimir Richard has been chosen as a participant for this year's NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The five-day conference is an annual event that aims to provide a diverse group of the nation's top student-athletes an opportunity to actively participate in challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable them to become better leaders on their campuses and in their communities.

The NCAA National Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect student-athletes, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The leadership conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities.

Richard, a sophomore from Sunrise, Fla., appeared in three games last season in his first year on the offensive line. He spent his redshirt campaign on the defensive side of the ball.

The conference is an outreach of the successful CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and involves close to 325 student-athletes each year who compete in fall, winter and spring sports in Divisions I, II and III. Many of the student-athletes who participate are members of their conference and campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs). Each NCAA member institution that has a CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is encouraged to nominate four student-athletes who have demonstrated an ability or strong desire to be leaders and would benefit from a significant leadership experience. The NCAA then chooses one of the four nominees as the conference participant. In order to be eligible, applicants must be in good academic standing and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year.





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