NEAC Student-Athletes Reflect on NCAA Convention Trip

Five NEAC student-athletes and an intern traveled to Indianapolis for the 2018 NCAA Convention. Pictured left to right: Amber Wood, Bridget Meade, Dakota Skinner, Kenny Bey-Brown, Darriyan Thomas and Amanda Ley.
Five NEAC student-athletes and an intern traveled to Indianapolis for the 2018 NCAA Convention. Pictured left to right: Amber Wood, Bridget Meade, Dakota Skinner, Kenny Bey-Brown, Darriyan Thomas and Amanda Ley.

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – While much of the NCAA Convention is focused on legislation and professional development for athletic administrators, five student-athletes and an intern from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) also had an opportunity to travel to Indianapolis in January for a whirlwind trip full of educational experiences and inspirational moments.

Representing the NEAC on this year’s trip were Amber Wood (Bryn Athyn College), Darriyan Thomas (Gallaudet University), Dakota Skinner (Keuka College), Bridget Meade (Penn State Abington), Kenny Bey-Brown (Penn State Abington) and conference office intern Amanda Ley (Castleton University). Throughout the week, NEAC student-athletes attended educational sessions, met NCAA award recipients, participated in Special Olympics events and experienced their first NCAA Division III Business Session. Prior to the final session of convention, each attendee shared a variety of favorite moments and advice for future student-athletes who may make the trip.

NEAC Commissioner Candice Murray believes bringing student-athletes to the NCAA Convention is a crucial part of student-athlete development, especially for those with an interest in athletic administration.

“It’s always fun to be able to bring student-athletes to the NCAA Convention and expose them to all that is available to them,” Murray shared. “It’s an experience I wish I could have had years ago.”

She was also encouraged by the level of commitment displayed by this year’s group of attendees.

“This year’s student-athletes were an awesome group and it was wonderful getting to know each of them,” Murray added. “They were engaged, eager to learn and super positive. They were wonderful leaders and representatives of the NEAC and I hope they remain connected with the conference in the future. I have no doubt this group will be extremely successful in their professional lives.”

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.