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Fort Bend ISD student athletes, coaches attend annual leadership summit (7/29/2022)

Fort Bend ISD (July 29, 2022) – Fort Bend ISD student athletes and coaches representing each of the District’s 12 high schools and every sports program, attended an annual leadership summit earlier this week aimed at building character and leadership skills. 

The theme of this year’s summit was “Leadership through Service.”

Attendees heard from inspirational speaker and player development coach Steven Mackey who helps athletes build a culture of character amongst themselves and their teammates. FBISD coaches facilitated the event and fostered positive conversations among the athletes.

“Coaches play a valuable role in our student athletes’ lives,” FBISD Athletics Director Dena Scott said. “They help instill positive character traits such as leadership and service. Our goal is to develop strong men and women not only in competition, but in all future endeavors.” 

Isaac Mangum, a member of Austin High School’s swim and water polo teams said the conference was a great experience and the information he learned will be helpful in his life.

“Coach Mackey gave us a 30-day challenge that I am going to try,” he said. “I think it will make me a better member of my team, a better captain and just a better person in general, The program is about taking who you are, what you aspire to be and really getting you there; and then helping others do the same.”

In addition, author Damon West shared how he transformed his life after spending seven years in prison after struggling with addiction. Once a starting college quarterback, West now leads a life of service and shares his inspiring story with youth.

At the end of the day, students were charged with taking what they learned and applying it to their own lives to make a positive influence on their teammates. 

Senior Ryan Williams plays volleyball at Travis High School and believes it is important for student athletes to share the same goal of leadership and positivity.

“We need to come together and have positive thinking and a positive mindset going into different aspects of the game whether it’s on the court, the field or in the pool,” she said.

This year, FBISD coaches will place an increased focus on service. 

“My goal is to have all our student athletes participate in community service projects that will positively impact their schools and communities,” Scott said. “Projects planned for this year include hosting the Special Olympics regional swim championship, community clean-up days and voluntary outreach programs at elementary schools in the feeder patterns.”

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