Friday, April 13, 2007
Tennessee State quarterback Antonio Hefner has been selected to represent the school at the NCAA National Leadership Conference. The conference will take place May 27-31 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. The NCAA National Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, 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. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group. Heffner, a native of Memphis, Tennessee (Melrose HS), led the 2006 Tigers to a 6-5 season and a third place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. He passed for 1,668 yds and was a first team All-OVC selection, leading the conference in Passing Efficiency. He led Tennessee State in Total Offense gaining 1,840 yds for a 204.4 ypg average. 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 student-athletes from their campus for the annual leadership conference. The participants selected to attend the 2007 NCAA National Leadership Conference have been posted on the National webpage at the following web address: http://www1.ncaa.org/membership/ed_outreach/champs-life_skills/foundation_leadership_conf/2007NLCSelected.pdf