Thornton selected for NCAA leadership conference

April 19, 2000

Bluffton College junior Heather Thornton (Mansfield/Ontario HS) has been selected to attend the 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference to be held May 28 through June 1 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Florida.

Thornton, a Recreation Management major, will be one of 352 student-athletes from around the country and from all NCAA divisions attending the conference. A total of 885 student-athletes were nominated for the conference.

"I am excited," said Thornton about attending the conference. "It's a good opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills and to understand how others use their leadership skills in other situations."

A three-year performer for the BC softball squad, Thornton is hitting .329 so far in 2000 with six doubles. Bluffton is 14-10 overall and 7-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, good for second place in the HCAC standings. BC won the HCAC Tournament last season.

May 3

Thornton will be one of 20 softball players from around the country attending the conference, according to the conference roster released by the NCAA on May 2. A total of 353 student-athletes will be attending the conference.

The list of 20 softball players includes players from Arizona State, Cal State-Sacramento, Cornell, St. John's, San Diego State and Southeast Missouri State, just to name a few.