COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland welcomed NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert for a Student-Athlete Huddle Wednesday afternoon in the Glazer Auditorium at the Gossett Football Team House.
Emmert met with over 100 Terrapin student-athletes to discuss an array of topics including scheduling, compliance and the overall student-athlete experience.
“This is about helping you all develop as men and women,” Emmert said to the student-athletes in attendance. “We want to make sure being a student-athlete makes you a better person. We want your athletic experience to be an important part of developing you as a person; making you a better person, professional and student than you would have been if you weren’t engaged in these activities. That’s what college sports is all about.”
Adreené Elliott, a junior on the women’s volleyball team, was eager to join fellow student-athletes at Wednesday’s discussion.
“We realize we are blessed with an opportunity that not everyone is afforded,” Elliott said. “Dr. Emmert’s leadership and the NCAA’s commitment to student-athletes allow us an experience of an unforgettable four years and it provides us with a critical foundation by which we will enjoy success for a lifetime. We are thankful for that.”
Emmert also met with football head coach Randy Edsall and men’s soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski as part of his visit to campus Wednesday.
“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to have Dr. Emmert on our campus today to engage with our student-athletes about pertinent issues surrounding collegiate athletics,” Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “I believe the open dialog was beneficial to both Dr. Emmert and our student-athletes and I applaud the NCAA for giving our “WHY” a voice in today’s ever-changing athletic landscape.”