Cooperstown Central School Hosting Leadership Training Program for Area High School Athletes

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – To get to the Hall of Fame, the game’s greatest legends all benefited from strong leadership.

On March 3, future leaders and legends will get a taste of those Hall of Fame qualities at Cooperstown Central School’s Annual Student-Athlete Leadership Conference.

The Cooperstown Central School Leadership Training for Athletes Program will welcome approximately 300 student athletes along with their Athletic Directors representing nearly 50 school districts around Central New York at the day-long conference, entitled “Positive Leadership is Powerful Leadership: Diversity and Inclusion” and to be held at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

“The Cooperstown CSD Leadership Training for athletes program is excited to be partnering with the Clark Sports Center and the Baseball Hall of Fame to host our eighth annual Leadership Conference," said Monica Wolfe, Cooperstown CSD Leadership Training for Athletes Advisor. “The leadership conference exists to foster a positive atmosphere and serve as a platform for student-athletes to recognize how leadership application in athletics affects their daily lives. In turn, that creates a ripple effect to be applied through the student-athlete’s life and shared with their teams/teammates, their schools and their community.”

Also on March 3, athletic directors and teachers from the participating schools will take part in professional development seminars at the Hall of Fame, experiencing the Museum’s award-winning curriculum.

Hosted by the Cooperstown CSD’s Leadership Training for Athletes Program, the program for high school juniors will feature several workshops as well as speakers including keynote speaker Dr. Marc Montgomery, SUNY Poly Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch and Stephanie Hazzard, the Hall of Fame’s Director of Education.

Participating high schools include: Berne-Knox-Westlo CSD, Brookfield CSD, Canajoharie CSD, Central Valley CSD, Charlotte Valley, Chenango Valley CSD, Cherry Valley Springfield CSD, Cooperstown CSD, East Syracuse-Minoa CSD, Edmeston CSD, Fabius Pompey CSD, Fonda-Fultonville CSD, Fort Plain CSD, Frankfort Schuyler CSD, Fulton CSD, Hamilton CSD, Hannibal CSD, Herkimer CSD, Jamesville DeWitt CSD, Little Falls CSD, Marathon CSD, Mayfield CSD, McGraw CSD, Middleburgh CSD, Morris CSD, Morrisville Eaton CSD, Mt. Markham CSD, Northville CSD, Odessa-Montour SD, Oppenheim Ephrata CSD, Owen D. Young CSD, Phoenix CSD, Pulaski CSD, Richfield Springs CSD, Sauquoit Valley CSD, Schenevus CSD, Sharon Springs CSD, Sherburne Earlville CSD, Town of Webb CSD, Unadilla Valley SD, Union Endicott CSD, Union Springs CSD, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill CSD, Watertown CSD, Waterville CSD, Westmoreland CSD, Worcester CSD, and Representatives from Section II, III & IV.

The program is sponsored by the Center State Conference, Section III Athletics, NYSPHSAA, NYS AHPERD, Nimey’s New Generation, Advantage Sport and Fitness, Community Bank, American Dairy Association, Gates Cole Insurance, USA Racing, NYPC/Upstate/Bocca, NYCM, Leatherstocking Region FCU, Chobani, Stewart’s Shops, the Clark Sports Center  and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information on the Museum’s leadership programs and funding available to bring student groups to the Hall of Fame, please contact the Hall of Fame’s Education Department at