The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean Bob Rider was one of many that sent letters of support for the University of Tennessee VOLeaders Academy. Based upon these letters, the VOLeaders Academy was chosen as a Gold Award Winner for the Athletics, Recreation, Physical Fitness, Non-Varsity Sports and related Category of NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). NASPA is the leading association for advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA recognized VOLeaders in it’s first year which provides the opportunity to further develop the program’s ethical and servant leaders in the campus community. With this award comes the eligibility to be considered for one of the top honors; Grand Gold, Grand Silver, or Grand Bronze, the highest honors the organization provides.
VOLeaders, a partnership of the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society, along with the Department of Athletics and the Division of Student Life, work toward a common goal; to span the boundaries of three different areas of campus for the development of student-athletes in a new way. The outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs such as VOLeaders is the type of organizations NASPA recognizes.