Freshman Selected to 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference

May 25, 2006


University of Kansas Jayhawks baseball infielder Kevin Bedford was one of 352 NCAA student-athletes selected to participate in the 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference that will be held May 28-June 1 in Orlando, Fla., the NCAA recently announced. Part of the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, the mission of the leadership conference is to provide a group of the nation’s top NCAA Division I, II and III student-athletes an opportunity to actively participate in challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable them to become better leaders on their campuses and in their communities.

The NCAA Leadership Conference provides student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their communication and leadership skill sets. The conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities and consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.

Bedford, a freshman, redshirted this season. He graduated from Jesuit College Prep (Dallas) in 2005 where he had a .360 career batting average and earned all-district honors. Bedford also earned a 4.0 GPA and was named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist. At KU, Bedford is majoring in civil engineering and was named a member of the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll during the 2005-06 academic year.

Bedford was selected from a total of 1,319 nomination forms that were submitted by college and university officials who have NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills programs on their campuses. Following the leadership conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus SAAC, as well as other campus leaders. The participants also are asked to develop an action plan that addresses an issue on their campus or in their community and implement the plan once they return to their schools.