Tony Dungy Coming to Campus
February 26th, 2014
This email just popped into my inbox, and I have to say this is a pretty exciting thing. Tony Dungy, Superbowl winning NFL coach, is coming to campus for a leadership initiative. Full details are below in an email from President Hatch.
Please, please urge your students to take advantage of this opportunity. This is not just an opportunity to hear from a famous and popular football coach, but is a chance for students to reflect on what leadership is, how they want to learn to lead meaningful and purposeful lives – in other words, lessons that will be invaluable in Life After Wake Forest.
As I often say, Wake Forest is like an amazing buffet – and those who take a lot of bites and sample as much as they can will have a more meaningful and profound experience here.
Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,
I am pleased to announce the Leadership Project, a bold new initiative that engages Wake Forest students and our broader community in a personal and reflective conversation with leaders who span diverse career paths, generations and worldviews.
Intimate, enlightening, and revealing, the mission of the Leadership Project is to invite leaders to Wake Forest who will share their personal principles, triumphs, and challenges. In turn, students and guests from the community will consider their own humanity, values and skills and learn how to channel them in meaningful ways.
In its inaugural event on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Leadership Project will present legendary football coach and bestselling author Tony Dungy to speak in Wait Chapel. Doors to the event will open at 5:45 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, the first such win for an African-American coach. He joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Widely recognized as an inspirational champion both on and off the field, Dungy has authored several books on topics of significance, such as living life with integrity, courage, strength and purpose.
In keeping with our mission to educate the whole person, Dungy seemed a natural choice to kick off such an important and meaningful conversation – both online (#wfuleads) and offline – about one of society’s most pressing issues today. The Leadership Project reaffirms Wake Forest’s promise to prepare students to lead lives that matter – building upon existing programs, courses and career development opportunities to help students discover who they are, understand what’s required to become an effective leader, and determine what actions to take to improve their own personal development.
Nathan O. Hatch