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UPMC Sports Medicine Sponsors Seventh Annual Student Athlete Leadership Academy

What: Seventh annual Student Athlete Leadership Academy

Who: More than 200 of the area’s high school student athletes, community leaders and Academy co-coordinators Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., director of mental training for UPMC Sports Medicine, and Dan Cardone, athletic director of North Hills High School 

Workshop leaders will include:

  • Ian Rosenberger, former “Survivor” contender and TV host, current director of Emerging Media & Business Development for Strategic Images, and CEO of THREAD
  • Jack Ouellette, president and CEO of American Textile Company, former Army Ranger and former captain of the West Point Gymnastics team
  • Jim Ryan, Financial Services Manager, Prudential Financial, former Penn State athlete
  • Patrice Matamoros, Race Director, Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon  

When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2011

Where: Robert Morris University (Moon Campus)

Why: Leadership training events such as the Student Athlete Leadership Academy allow young adults to learn skills that can help them to be successful leaders and get the most from themselves and those around them.

The participating student athletes were chosen by their athletic directors and coaches as stand-out leaders in their schools and communities. The goal of the academy is to bring together these student athletes and help them to learn the importance of being strong leaders through workshops that will teach them how to empower their peers, create positive cultures throughout their high schools, and succeed in sports and life. 

The Student Leadership Academy is endorsed by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The initiative is coordinated by Dr. Kimball. For more details about the Student Athlete Leadership Academy, contact Dr. Kimball at (412) 432-3777 or e-mail

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