Paul Smith’s College student selected to represent U.S. at international academy

Jun 1, 2018 | News

Paul Smith’s College student Adaiah Bauer will be travelling to Kazan, Russia, this June as the one American selected for the Volunteer Leaders Academy, an eight-day forum hosted by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

Bauer is one of 100 selected participants from 96 different countries to attend the academy, which includes workshops and lectures focused around developing sports event management skills and international cooperation, as well as to provide vital networking opportunities. Thousands of American students from all 50 states applied, with Bauer finishing atop the list.

“I’m really thankful that I have the opportunity to travel to Russia and learn more about FISU,” said Bauer. “I’m really excited to get over there, meet new people, and see what this is all about.”

FISU, recognized by the International Olympic Committee and organizers of the World University Games, selected Lake Placid to host the 11-day, 2,400 athlete event in 2023.

Bauer brings an already strong resume to the academy. She’s received multiple Academic All-American honors for sports including cross country, sport climbing, and snowshoe racing. This past March, Bauer volunteered at the Winter Special Olympics hosted at Paul Smith’s, and soon after learned that she Russia-bound.

“Adaiah Bauer is a wonderful student athlete, but more importantly she is well on her way towards being a world citizen as the United States delegate,” said Paul Smith’s College Athletic Director Jim Tucker. “The 2018 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy will enhance her educational experience at Paul Smith’s College.”

The academy runs June 14-22 and attendees will be housed at Kazan Universiade Village and learning at the nearby Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture Sport and Tourism.

Bauer’s upcoming trip also coincides with the college’s ongoing Olympic sports initiative, an effort that’s included the development of women’s hockey, a greater emphasis on Nordic skiing training and competition, and planned facility expansion for sports including climbing and mountain biking. Bolstered online coursework will better support travelling student athletes, and a new major in sports and events management is awaiting final approval.

Last year’s Volunteer Leaders Academy was the first of its kind. Following its success, the FISU General Assembly decided to make the academy an annual occurrence.

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