Mount Olive, N.C. - The University of Mount Olive athletics leadership program took to the ropes course on Sunday at the Schenck Forest in Raleigh, North Carolina. 22 UMO student-athletes tip-toed and swung their way through the high ropes course before finishing with a trip down the zip line. The student-athletes were assembled in groups of two for safety and to help build communication.
This is the third event of the 2016-17 athletics leadership program under the direction of leader and men's volleyball head coach David Heller.
"We talked a lot as a group about supporting each other through a challenge and how to translate that back to the university," said Heller. " The group became closer and relied on trusting each other to complete all of the challenges laid out. The activity fostered a lot of really great conversations about how a small sign of support can go a long way."
"The day at the ropes course not only improved our inner team skills but also opened up new relationships with student-athletes from other teams at UMO," said women's lacrosse sophomore Mikayla Sindel. "Challenging yourself to certain tasks that might not be your usual is always a hard thing to do. But, with everyone taking the risk of doing things outside of their comfort zone, it created opportunities for us all to support each other in ways such as communication and helping each other find ways to get through the course."
More events will take place in the 2016-17 UMO Leadership program throughout the academic year.