LEAD1 Association Announces 2017 Events, Including Annual Meeting and Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C.

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LEAD1 Association is Supporting the Athletic Directors of America's Leading Intercollegiate Programs in Preparing Today's Students to be Tomorrow's Leaders.

LEAD1 Association (the “Association”), which represents the 129 athletic directors and programs of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, has finalized the details for its two member meetings in 2017. There will be a summer meeting on June 13, 2017, at the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) meeting in Orlando, Florida. The annual meeting of the Association will be in Washington, D.C., on September 26-27, 2017.

The annual meeting of the LEAD1 athletic directors will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Six conferences, the Big 10, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Conference-USA, Mid-American Conference (MAC), and Southeastern Conference (SEC), as well as the Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARS) will hold meetings at the Mandarin during the week. As part of the annual meeting, the Association plans to host the inaugural College Sports Congressional Gala on Tuesday evening, September 26. This will be a celebratory event in honor of college sports with invitations extended to administration officials, members of Congress, and college sports, conference, and industry leaders. On Wednesday September 27, athletic directors from the Association will go to Capitol Hill for the first-ever Annual Congress Day in order to meet with the various Congressional delegations that represent LEAD1 institutions.

The Honorable C. Thomas McMillen, President and Chief Executive Officer for LEAD1 who served three terms in Congress, commented, “I am pleased to report that LEAD1 has arranged for its annual meeting to be held in our nation’s capital next fall. This will be an important step in building bridges with the leadership in Washington. We are also excited to host our first College Sports Congressional Gala, which we hope to make a yearly event and a must-attend gathering for the college sports community.”

Essential to the mission of the LEAD1 Association are influencing how the rules of college sports are enacted and implemented, advocating for the future of college athletics, and providing various services to the members, ranging from professional development to pooled purchasing arrangements. The mission statement of the LEAD1 Association is, “Supporting the athletic directors of America’s leading intercollegiate programs in preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.”

For more information, please contact Jonathan Yates, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for LEAD1 Association, at 301-807-2523.

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