NCSA's mission is to empower leaders through sports, and we want to help as many qualified athletes as we can achieve their dream of playing at the college level. NCSA's Athleadership Grants are given to deserving student-athletes who represent their self, their family, and their school with integrity at all times. These student-athletes work hard in the classroom, lead their team, and give back to their communities.
We don't want you to miss out on any opportunities, so submit your application and have it reviewed by the NCSA Athleadership Team now!
Name: Callie Hemming Department: Marketing School: DePaul University, Soccer Hometown: Geneva, Illinois Favorite Team: All Chicago sports teams, minus the Sox! #1 Recruiting Tip: Start your recruiting process early, reach out to coaches as soon as possible!
Name: Chris Wallace Department: Scouting College/Sport Played: Indiana University (worked with Athletic Department with football, swimming, volleyball, among others) Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls #1 Recruiting Tip: Be persistent. Don't let college coaches forget who you are, give them updates, stay in touch,
and always…BE PROFESSIONAL!
Name: David Beck Department: Scouting College: University of Wisconsin - Madison Hometown: Kenosha, Wisconsin Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs and Wisconsin Badgers #1 Recruiting Tip: Remain humble throughout the recruiting process and don't become fixated on Division 1 programs.
Approximately 80% of athletic opportunities fall outside of Division 1 athletic programs.
Having more college options will help you maximize a potential scholarship
Name: Emily Fox Department: Member Services College/Sport Played: University of Minnesota Women's Basketball Hometown: Denver, Colorado Favorite Team: Denver Nuggets #1 Recruiting Tip: Take time to enjoy the recruiting process. It can be very stressful and overwhelming, but it can also be fun!
It's a once and a lifetime opportunity, so make the most of it!
Name: Joe Penney Department: Financial Aid College/Sport: University of Kentucky - Men's Soccer; University of Iowa Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa Favorite team: Real Madrid #1 Recruiting Tip: Be proactive – do NOT wait for coaches to contact you! Make phone calls and send emails to
introduce yourself and be sure to respond/follow up to any coach that you hear from. If you don't hear from a
coach right away, don't feel discouraged. Continue to reach out to more and more coaches and if you don't hear
back, try again in a few weeks.
Name: John Rozsa Department: Scouting School: Miami University/Governors State University Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio Favorite Team: Browns, Cavs, Tribe #1 Recruiting Tip: Follow the books! Be sure to research the schools to ensure the best academic fit.
If you're not happy in the classroom, you won't be happy in the locker room. You'll only be a college athlete for a few years but
you will be a college grad for life.
Name: Natalie Pedersen Department: Administration College: Cardinal Stritch University and Northwestern Univsersity Hometown: Greenfield, Wisconsin Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Steelers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers #1 Recruiting Tip: Time management skills are very important as you balance homework, athletics and your recruiting
to-do list. Learning good time management skills now will only make the transition to college easier and help you in the long run!
Name: Ned Colleran Department: Scouting College/Played: St. Mary's University - Winona, MN - Soccer Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs #1 Recruiting Tip: What a student athlete does off the field is just as important as what takes place on the field.
Performance in the classroom tells a coach plenty about an athlete's likelihood of reaching their potential on the playing field.
Name: Brian Miller Department:Football Scouting College/Sports Played:University of Wisconsin Hometown: Deerfield, IL Favorite Team:Bulls, Bears, Hawks, Cubs #1 Recruiting Be aggressive and be proactive. Recruiting is not something that takes care of itself or happens on its own; you have to make it happen! Take charge, be persistent and be in charge of your own future!