GREENVILLE — The Marcus Lattimore Foundation and the S.C. Department of Education hosted the first of four Marcus Lattimore Foundation Leadership Academy events in Greenville on Oct. 8, welcoming more than 650 student athletes from high schools in the Upstate.
The Leadership Academy is designed to prepare student athletes for college academics and athletics, as well as serve as a catalyst for a successful career post college. Students invited to the program were selected based on academics, discipline and athletic leadership.
The student athletes were from high schools in Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties.
The program featured presentations on relevant topics including NCAA eligibility, professional etiquette, job interview techniques, and finance. Presenters included Dan Essa, an NCAA eligibility specialist; Jimmy Deal from the SCDOE, who discussed career development; Michael Perrett and Kevin Mcguire, co-owners of Element Sports Marketing, who discussed professional etiquette; Carrie Skelton from Lowe’s Home Improvement, who discussed job interview techniques; and Trey Gardner from TD Bank, who discussed finance.
Keynote speakers were Raven Magwood, author and motivational speaker, and Prince Miller, a former NFL athlete and current assistant football coach of Byrnes High School.
Lattimore concluded the program with personal remarks and a Q&A session.
Three more Leadership Academy events will be held in Columbia, Conway and Greenwood for high school students from Fairfield, Lexington, Richland, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties.
Visit www.marcuslattimorefoundation.com for more information.