Past and Present Knights Network at Leary Leadership Dinner

GENESEO, N.Y. – More than 75 Geneseo student-athletes had the opportunity to network with Knight alumni during Thursday’s Fifth Annual Leary Leadership Dinner.

The event featured 16 former Geneseo student-athletes, representing 10 sports from the mid-1970s to 2010, who returned to their alma mater to meet with current juniors from the Knights’ 20 intercollegiate teams. The Leary Leadership Dinner is part of the James N. Leary Endowed Fund for Leadership in Athletics, a project set up by James N. Leary ’75, a former Geneseo basketball player designed to focus on the enrichment of the school’s student-athletes and emphasize the influence of intercollegiate athletics on their lives.

“At Geneseo, developing the leadership qualities of our students is a priority, and we do all that we can to maximize the opportunities that are available through participation in intercollegiate athletics to promote student leadership development,” said Dr. Robert A. Bonfiglio, vice-president for student and campus life. “The chance that the Leary Leadership Dinner provides for our students to meet first hand with student-athlete alumni who are leaders in their chosen fields is exactly the kind of mentoring opportunity I would have liked to have had when I was a college student.  We are extremely grateful to Jim Leary, whose support makes this program possible, and the other alumni who have taken the time to share their leadership stories with our student-athletes.”