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Nelson chosen to participate in Red Cross/NAIA program

Feb. 26, 2009

Point Park volleyball player Angela Nelson has been selected as one of 13 student athletes who will represent the NAIA in the 2009-10 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program.

Nelson, a defensive specialist from Meadville who will be a junior next season, was chosen from a nationwide group of candidates that included student athletes from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Nelson will participate in the 2009-10 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program, which begins June 8-19 with a two-week training program at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The program is in its third year, and it strives to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program.

Participants will receive scholarship support from the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance, which is sponsoring the partnership between the Red Cross and the NAIA. During the program, Nelson and the other student athletes will receive first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by leadership at the Red Cross, one of the largest non-profit organizations.

Nelson is an advertising and public relations major who has been a member of the Point Park volleyball team the last two years. She is a 2007 graduate of Meadville Area High School, where she lettered four times in volleyball. She is the daughter of Doug and Ann Nelson.

"Athletics play such an important role in creating a sense of community on college campuses. The partnership with the NAIA has created a rich opportunity to connect campus communities with the life-saving mission of the American Red Cross through the energy of NAIA student athletes,” said Brian Hamil, Red Cross National Chair, Biomedical Services. “As we enter our third year of the program, we remain grateful for the continuing financial support of State Farm Insurance."

In addition, Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO, and Rob Haworth, NAIA Vice President for Champions of Character, will meet with the student athletes during the two-week leadership academy.

“I would like to thank the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance for providing a wonderful opportunity for NAIA student athletes. This is the third year for the program, and Brian Hamil and his team are not only great partners, but tremendous advocates for character-driven intercollegiate athletics,” said Carr. “The work being done on campuses throughout the country as a result of this program not only saves lives but has a huge impact on these young men and women.”

This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows NAIA student-athletes to be a part of a team made up of young adults from NAIA campuses throughout the country. The program is part of a larger Red Cross diversity strategy for moving the American Red Cross from awareness to action, building Red Cross capacity to serve all Americans.

Student athletes will learn from civic and business leaders in the field how to uncover their leadership potential off the field. The participants will learn about organizing successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board, and take part in diversity and cultural competency training.

In addition to Nelson, the 2009-2010 Red Cross/NAIA Youth Leadership Program participants are: Elizabeth Gilgenbach (Cardinal Stritch University, Wisc.); Michael Thompson (Trinity Christian College, Ill.); Carlie Ainsworth (Auburn University Montgomery); Zachary Ripley (Cornerstone University, Mich.); Je’Von Hetland (Azusa Pacific University, Calif.); Danielle Boyle (Iowa Wesleyan College); Kenneth “Casey” Wieder (Ottawa University, Kan.); Melissa King (College of Saint Mary, Neb.); Victoria Anderson (Point Loma Nazarene University, Calif.); Tara Blair (Bethel College, Ind.); Kimberly Lindow (Concordia University, Ore.); Katie McLintock (Westminster College, Utah).