UNOH Student wins NAIA-Red Cross Honor: One of 13 Students in the Nation to Attend Leadership Conference

Posted on Monday, March 28, 2016

Brenda Feasby, a sophomore from Payne, Ohio at the University of Northwestern Ohio, was one of 13 student athletes selected from around the country as the Class of 2016 NAIA Red Cross Ambassadors.  As part of the honor, Feasby will attend the 2016 NAIA/Red Cross Collegiate Leadership program, a 2-week training, in Washington D. C. in June.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the NAIA/Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program is a partnership between the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Red Cross where student athletes become Red Cross ambassadors on their college campuses by hosting blood drives.

In the past 10 years, more than 100 student athletes representing 90 college campuses have been trained as Red Cross Ambassadors.  This is the first such honor for a student-athlete from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Feasby was nominated by UNOH Softball Coaches Tracy Coffman and Brittany Jurek.  When asked about Feasby Coffman stated, “Brenda has been such a great ambassador for UNOH since she stepped foot on campus. Whether it is her tremendous efforts in the classroom, her participation in the softball program or her campus involvement, Brenda represents our university with great energy and excitement."

Feasby has been assisting in promoting Red Cross Blood Drives on the UNOH campus since 2015 and has exceeded all of her goals for units of blood donated. 

Following a few phone interviews, Feasby was notified of her selection as one of 13 student athletes selected for the leadership conference and was overjoyed stating, “My enthusiasm was hard to contain.  I immediately told my roommates and then called my parents to share the news.  I feel completely humble and honored to get to join such a huge program.  I can’t wait to meet all the other students and share ideas and goals with them!”

Feasby is a Sport Marketing and Management major at UNOH, is an outfielder for the UNOH Junior Varsity Softball Team, and serves as Torque, the UNOH Mascot, at various campus events. 

The 2-week leadership conference will take place June 6th through the 17th and each participant will be attending various leadership training sessions along with maintaining individual blogs about their experience at the conference.  The overall leadership program is designed to:

  • Inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders
  • Promote diversity of Red Cross Blood Services region boards of directors
  • Champion a philanthropic cause
  • Impact local communities
  • Exemplify core values of the NAIA “Champions of Character” program
  • Provide training, coaching, mentoring, and networking opportunities
  • Foster leadership opportunities


The next blood drive on the UNOH campus, which is open to the public, is April 4, 2016 from 10:30am until 3:30pm.  The blood drive takes place in the Gymnasium located in the 200 building just off of College Park West when entering campus from Cable Road.

Category: Campus & Community

Keywords: Honor, Leadership

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