Bulldog Leadership at National Forum

Bulldog Leadership at National Forum

Stallings Represents Yale at NCAA Event

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Leadership on the Yale football team works in many ways. One recent example is Jackson Stallings, a sophomore tight end who attended the NCAA National Leadership Forum in Orlando earlier this month.


The forum was an opportunity to meet other student-athletes, do community service and discuss NCAA legislation and Division I governance as well as best practices when it comes to uniting athletes and student bodies as a whole. 


"Orlando was an incredible experience. I was blessed to represent the Ivy League and Yale and be surrounded by so many incredible people," said Stallings, who was at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando from April 9-12.


The NCAA provided speakers like para-Olympic champion April Holmes, Olympian Mark Everett and multiple sports psychologists and other motivational speakers.  


"My favorite part about the trip had to be meeting other athletes from across the county and hearing their stories. I also enjoyed the open discussion about Division 1 governance and being able to voice concerns we see in the current structure."


This type of experience was new for the Moore, Okla., native, but he has demonstrated leadership skills since arriving in New Haven.  


Stallings heads up the Yale Football Team IMPACT Committee, while also serving on the Mandi Schwartz Donor Drive Committee. In addition, he is President of the Yale Student-Athlete College Council and is on the Board of Directors at Dwight Hall. 


You can see why he was chosen to go to the Orlando event.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director