Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy

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ED THOMAS LEGACY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY - for 9th-12th Graders 

On March 27, 2018, the Ed Thomas Family Foundation will expand on its goal of keeping the legacy of Coach Ed Thomas alive. Coach Thomas was a leader whose main objective was teaching young people to “Do What’s Right”. He was a great role model who lived his life true

to the values that he taught to all. The Ed Thomas Family Foundation will provide an opportunity for high school students to strengthen their positive leadership skills and character by sponsoring the Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Session 1 will be at 9:00 a.m. Sessions completed by 2:00 p.m.

WHERE

Des Moines, Iowa - Iowa Events Center

FIVE SPEAKING SESSIONS

Lyndsey Fennelly - 9:00 a.m

Neil Phipps - 10:00 a.m

Break-out Session - 10:30 a.m.

Al Kerns -Lunch A - 11:10 a.m

Al Kerns -Lunch B - 12:10 p.m

Aaron Thomas - 1:10 pm

FEE

$10 per participant & supervisors: each participant (including supervisors) will receive a T-shirt, lanyard + name tag, notebook, and pen. A sack lunch with a sub, fruit, and chips will be provided for each student. Water will be available free of charge.

*Checks can be mailed to: Ed Thomas Family Foundation, P.O. Box 536, Parkersburg, IA 50665. Currently we do not have the capabilities to process credit card payments. Thank you for your understanding.

LIMIT

Each school is limited to no more than 12 student participants and 2 supervisors per school. Registration will be limited to the first 450 participants.

SPEAKERS

LYNDSEY FENNELLY

Lyndsey Fennelly is a former Iowa State PG All-American and 2007 WNBA Indiana Fever draftee. She is dedicated
to bringing out the very best mentally, physically and emotionally with everyone she interacts with. A basketball
skills trainer who has led over 30,000 athletes across North America since 2007, motivational speaker, and a
proud Mom, she’s also owner of CampusCycle, a new beat-driven spin studio in Ames. She believes impacting
others, making a positive difference, and having fun is a life well lived!

NEIL PHIPPS

Neil was in education for 39 years as a Teacher, Activities Director, and Principal. He then retired in 2017. Neil coached football for 35 years, coached track for 32 years and wrestling for 15 years. Over the years, it was an honor for him to receive several coaching awards. In 2008, he was inducted into the Iowa High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Mr. Phipps served on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Ad Association for five years. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Iowa Football Coaches Association for 19 years.

AL KERNS

Former Teacher and Coach at Aplington-Parkersburg

Al Kerns began teaching and coaching at Parkersburg High School in 1978. He retired from Aplington- Parkersburg in 2014 after 36 years of teaching. During his career at Parkersburg/ Aplington-Parkersburg, he was an assistant coach to Ed Thomas for over 30 years and the head girls’ track coach for 29 years.

AARON THOMAS

High School Principal Aplington-Parkersburg

Aaron Thomas is the oldest son of the Late Ed Thomas. At a young age, Aaron knew he wanted to go into education and coaching because he saw the impact his father was able to have on young people. Every day he witnessed the passion Ed Thomas displayed while working with young people.

MORE ABOUT OUR ACADEMY

The Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was established to carry forward what Coach Thomas was most passionate about -impacting young people. Coach Thomas always claimed that the school was his mission field and he spent his life trying to help students realize their potential and the impact they can have on others.

The Ed Thomas Family Foundation is committed to carrying on Coach Thomas’ legacy by passing on his philosophies to students. Our first Ed Thomas Legacy Leadership Academy was held on October 2, 2014 at Aplington-Parkersburg High School with over 490 students and supervisors in attendance. The response was so positive that we have continued to offer our academies each fall and spring.  We have held five academies with over 2,300 students and supervisors in attendance.  With our academies we hope to continue impacting young people to become positive leaders in their schools and communities.

I have been in education and have coached for over 20 years. I've never been through a more meaningful day with students than I did last week at the Ed Thomas Leadership Academy. As soon as we got into our suburban to drive back to Creston, my students talked about what they had heard and how we could immediately implement change in our school. They talked the entire way home! I've never had an experience with students like that! We are in the process of developing a leadership course for students here at Creston High School. This was the first step in the development. I've gathered a lot of great ideas that we can implement with our students. Again, THANK YOU. You guys were right - something good can come out of something bad. I will continue to bring Creston students to the Ed Thomas Academy.

- Todd Jacobson, Creston HS

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This was such an awesome motivating day! I believe every student we brought got a ton out of this! ~ I wish our whole school could have attended! ~Thank you for hosting this event. Our kids & I loved it. We'll be back. A first class event. ~ You did a tremendous job of inspiring the young athletes I brought with me and energizing me to continue my work in the education and athletic arena. ~ It was an amazing experience! I learned so much that I hope to bring back to my school.

- Leadership Reviews, comments from students and supervisors on the first leadership academy