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Volleyball player selected for Red Cross program

College of Idaho volleyball player Randi Sturtz is one of 12 student-athletes selected to participate in the NAIA-Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program, taking place the over the next two weeks.

The program is intended to exemplify core values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program; inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders; promote diversity on Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors; foster leadership opportunities; champion a philanthropic cause; and impact local communities. 

Sturtz, who just completed her sophomore season as a middle blocker with the Yotes, has been a blood drive volunteer and is looking forward to bringing knowledge from the program back to the C of I campus.

“I am very excited to be participating in such a well-respected program,” Sturtz said. “It is, according to testimonies, life changing and a great opportunity.”

Each year, the program provides two weeks of energetic training at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Student-athletes acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by senior Red Cross leadership and NAIA representatives. They learn to organize successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board and take part in diversity and cultural competency training. 

“The program focuses on preparing the 12 selected student-athletes to carry out prosperous blood drives," said Sturtz, an Emmett, Idaho native. “I am really hoping to take advantage of this opportunity, to observe the great leaders, and to soak up all of the knowledge available to me these next two weeks.”

Student-athletes receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.

“The trip has been amazing so far,” Sturtz said. “My 11 classmates, the three student mentors, and program founder Brian Hamil are all such amazing people with so much to offer. It has been such a learning experience. We will also be able to take a tour of the East Wing of the White House; attend a Washington Nationals baseball game; and have a walking tour of the city. I cannot be more grateful for all of the love and enthusiasm the Red Cross and NAIA Character of Champions has for this program. I know that this will be memorable experience with lessons and friendships that will be sustained for the rest of my life.”

To learn more about the program, visit www.redcross.org/naia.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.