NASHUA, NH– On July 24th, Victory Academy continued its partnership with the highly regarded Northstar Invitational, one of the nation’s premier lacrosse recruiting and development experiences. The event took place at the Northwood School in historic Lake Placid, NY. The Northstar Invitational combines concentrated talent, carefully engineered on-field sessions, college recruiting exposure, and high quality lacrosse competition. Attendees are offered nearly as much experience off the field, with extensive focus on sports performance, leadership, inspiration, mental fitness, recruiting perspective, and a holistic approach to supporting student-athletes in the endeavor to be their best.
The Victory Academy returned to the event this year to support their holistic approach by delivering a formal leadership-training component for the 180 selected student-athletes. In the Northstar Victory Academy, student-athletes were challenged to build a foundation for leadership. The program offered captivating lessons and thoughtful exercises around the Victory Academy’s Mental Toughness program – focusing significantly on self-leadership. Victory Academy Executive Director, Kristen Kjellman Marshall, incorporated tangible stories and examples from her experience as a working professional and as a lacrosse collegiate student-athlete.
With this leadership foundation, athletes were given tools and strategies to maximize their own potential and become an influencer on their teams. The greater vision for the program is that the student-athletes will return to their schools, communities, and teams, share these messages and make those around them better.
“The Victory Academy has become an integral contributor to the Northstar Invitational experience,” explained Northstar Co-Founder Ashley Gersuk Murphy.“For the third straight year, Kristen’s presentation was very well-received, and contributed to the overall experience of our athletes, which is centered around leadership. In addition to valuable leadership programming, Kristen’s lacrosse-specific cache especially resonates with our student athletes, all of whom aim for success at the next level of the game, and in life. We seek and develop cutting edge resources to offer Northstar athletes and we aim to contribute to their development as leaders, on and off the field. Victory is a great partner in this effort, as our messages are very well-aligned.”
At velocityHUB, the company has witnessed the impact of the Victory Academy programs across some of the world’s leading academic institutions such as Brown University, Providence College, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross, Middlebury College, Tufts University, Babson College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Over 40 institutions have endorsed Victory programs for their students, including 50% of the NESCAC & Ivy Leagues. Over 25,000 students and emerging leaders have been inspired to reach their potential through Victory Academy training.