DURHAM -- For the third year in a row, Duke sophomore student-athletes from fall sports attended the Sophomore Outdoor Leadership Experience [SOLE] at Camp Chestnut Ridge this past weekend. This year an increased number of sophomore student-athletes, along with a new addition of Junior Leaders, were able to attend SOLE due to a generous gift from the Heidrick Family. 28 sophomore and 8 Junior Leaders attended SOLE this past weekend. Student-athletes from the football, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams attended SOLE.
The addition of the Junior Leader component provides the opportunity to juniors who attended SOLE last year as sophomores to attend SOLE the following year as a Junior Leader. Juniors were paired up together to be the leaders of a group of sophomore student-athletes. Junior Leaders were responsible for small group discussions, assisting with the participation of sophomores in activities, and the running of events.
The focus of S.O.L.E. is to help student-athletes explore and understand leadership in various capacities through activities, both individual and in groups, which challenge their comfort zones. Due to rain and thunderstorms, the SOLE activities and schedule were adjusted. Despite the weather and schedule change, SOLE was a big success. A competitive Amazing Race activity kicked off the weekend, with student athletes divided into teams to work together and work on communication to win the competition. Other activities included a large group discussion on Team Culture and the DiSC Profile.
Leadership theories and practices were discussed and applied throughout the retreat activities, and student-athletes were encouraged to think of ways they could use their experiences with their respective teams. The weekend wrapped up with a fun trip to a local bowling alley where student-athletes could test out their bowling skills. Overall, Spring SOLE 2014 was another success.