On July 12, 2021, our 4th Down Leadership team hosted our first official ATHLEAD event at South Garner High School with the tremendous help from our friends with the United States Marine Corps. ATHLEAD was designed as a physical and mental toughness competition tailored to facilitate the growth and development of team leadership. We are excited to expand on this cutting edge approach teaching high school student athletes about leadership.
The idea for this event derived from our understanding that young athletes demonstrate a deficiency in accountability, commitment, communication, discipline, humility, and stress management. So we lead the athletes to confront these shortcomings head on.
What did the athletes learn:
- Problem solving in complex environments
- Executing efficiently with team
- Gathering, processing, and communicating information under stress in a time pressured environment
- Managing through ambiguity
- The self-capability of achieving more than what was previously conceivable
Our intent is for this event to occur on an annual basis where teams from around the region compete against each other, head to head, to see who is able to LEAD most effectively. We are proud of our progress but there is still always room for improvement. We are already planning for the next event in 2022 and looking for high school teams that want to participate. #LEADTHEMALL