At Our Lady of Mercy Academy, we empower young women and help them cultivate the courage and confidence they need to realize their full potential and achieve their dreams. We are always working toward new and unique ways to help students gain valuable leadership skills and to put them into practice.
In 2019, OLMA launched its Sports Leadership Academy (SLA). The program began with a series of after-school workshops designed to foster an environment of leadership and accountability within our student-athletes and teams. The goal of the SLA is to support players and coaches in creating positive, successful team cultures -- on and off the playing field.
While the SLA was piloted with sophomores and juniors last year, plans are in place to expand the program to include opportunities for advanced level leadership training. Facilitated by Jennifer Valore, Dean of Academics and Leadership and Nicole Donovan, L2T and Psychology teacher, the OLMA SLA Level 1 workshops explored topics including:
Becoming a Responsible Athlete
Taking Charge of your Choices
Making Helpful vs. Hurtful Choices
Disciplining Yourself so Others Don't Have To
Controlling the Controllable
Owning and Learning from Mistakes
Following through and Finishing the Job
In 2020-2021, the OLMA Sports Leadership Academy will continue to provide its Level 1 programming for sophomores and implement Level 2 programming for junior/senior student-athletes identified as emerging leaders. In 2021-2022, the program will expand to provide all levels of SLA training, including Level 3 programming, designed to provide established student-athlete leaders an opportunity focus on the application of their leadership skills for a positive impact.