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Mission Statement
The mission of the Villanova Athletics Leadership Institute is to educate and train student-athletes to become effective leaders on-the -field, in the classroom and for lifelong success after graduation.

The Villanova Athletics Leadership Institute is a privileged opportunity for only student-athletes on campus; there is an application process and only student-athletes in good academic standing will be admitted. The Leadership Institute is currently only available to sophomore, junior, senior and fifth-year student-athletes.

The Villanova Athletics Leadership Institute meets once-a-month for interactive leadership building sessions.

Core Values

Our Approach
Through engaging and real life stories, projects and presentations, student-athletes will learn how to maximize their potential and strengths to lead themselves and others.

Areas of Impact:

  • Working to utilize the potential leader in every student-athlete
  • Transforming our student-athletes to be skilled leaders on and off the field
  • Increase camaraderie & harmony on every team
  • Solidify student-athlete leadership as extension of coaching leadership
  • Capitalize on the potential for increased leadership to increase team success on and off the field of play

Learning Outcomes:


  • lead through inspiration
  • be spiritual in their leadership practices
  • hold the highest regard for ethical decision making
  • be positive change agents: through action and word
  • challenge their peers to make an impact

For more information about the Leadership Institute, please contact: Allison Venella,

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