Goins selected for Athletes In Action Leadership Academy

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ULM women’s basketball junior guard/forward Whitney Goins has been selected to attend the Athletes in Action Virtual Leadership Academy for captains and emerging leaders running May 15-17.

Goins is one of 100 student-athletes from 51 NCAA programs across the country to participate in one of two sessions of the academy. The May session features 50 players from 25 different institutions. The academy is normally held in Xenia, Ohio at the Athletes in Action World Headquarters. It is the fourth year for the AIA Leadership Academy, but the first time it is being held virtually.

“I am thrilled Whitney has the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best leaders in our game in an incredible environment like Athletes In Action,” said ULM women’s basketball head coach Brooks Donald Williams.

Goins played in all 29 games for the Warhawks in 2019-20, while picking up 27 starts. She averaged a career-high 6.7 points while shooting a career-best 33.1 percent from the 3-point line. Goins set a new career-high with 19 points on the strength of 5-of- 11 3-point shooting against Troy on Jan. 8. She has played in all 88 possible games in her ULM career.

The leadership academy’s purpose is to equip, empower and encourage student-athletes to be competent, confident and effective team leaders. The three day event will feature a variety of sessions, including live video conferences on how to be a great teammate, conflict management techniques, case studies in leadership, cohort group breakdowns, communication lessons and interviews with established leaders in business, sport and the military. Attendees will develop a deeper view of leadership and identity as well as expand the scope of their leadership understanding in the areas of connectedness and service.

Mike Petersen of the Atlanta Dream, Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics and former college captains and coaches headline the experience for the players. The academy is driven and supported by the AIA staff that wants to help athletes use this time well and grow in their personal leadership goals.

Athletes in Action is an international sports organization that champions faith, character and victory beyond competition. AIA basketball hosts numerous events that send teams and develop total athletes and coaches globally. Their prime motivation is, “For the good of the game, the growth of its people, to the glory of God.”