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Mid-Michigan athletes get unique experience

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(12/05/12) - Wednesday, some of the best high school athletes in Genesee County had a unique opportunity to step up their game.

From football players to bowlers, male and female, all in one room. They've come together for the "Leadership Mentoring" day hosted by Genesys Athletic Club.

Otis Wiley, a former football standout at Carman-Ainsworth and Michigan State, was one of the featured speakers. Jim Mongrain, General Manager for Genesys Athletic Club, says while the athletes were tested physically, the day was focused more on strengthening leadership skills.

"From my perspective, that's the long term goal that I'm looking for because at some point sports will become something that they may not be able to do later in life, but they'll always be able to use leadership schools in the community," Mongrain said.

"I think it's really important when you get to a college level, even at high school, leaders really separate themselves from the bunch of athletes. It makes them authentic and a leader is someone you would want to be in the business world as well," Wiley said.

Student like Ellie Cowger and Kennen Moore are among the athletes from 17 Genesee County schools who got in on team building exercises, nutrition seminars and more. It's the second year for this event.

"I went to the conference last year and I'm really excited to be back. All the athletes here have a great opportunity that not all the athletes in this area have," Cowger said.

"Nowadays, a lot of people lack these skills and after a while you have to learn how to stand up and be a leader," Moore said.

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