PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Blue Hens men's soccer player John Schroeder, along with Benjamin Oser, Assistant Director of Student Services and Leadership for Athletics, and Jacqui Schuman, Senior Associate AD for Strategic Initiatives & Talent Management, recently represented the University of Delaware at the annual NCAA Inclusion Forum.

The NCAA Inclusion Forum brings together leaders in higher education and intercollegiate athletics with collegiate student-athletes who have the desire to improve the education and environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Over the course of the weekend those in attendance engaged in sessions on a broad range of topics such as support for racial and ethnic minorities, women, Title IX, international student-athletes, LGBTQ, and athletes with disabilities.

“The NCAA Inclusion Forum was a really an eye-opening event,” stated Schroeder, a Houston, Tex. native and a sophomore defender for the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association champion Blue Hens. “There was a great mix of student-athletes as well as those working in school athletic departments. The people there really cared about their communities and really valued the topics being discussed. In turn, this created an environment where people wanted to share ideas and experiences.”

“I thought the forum was a great opportunity to meet other staff and students who advocate and educate for diversity and inclusion among their teams and departments," said Oser. "It met all my expectations for being able to network and identify trends in the growing inclusion of diversity education among university and college athletics.”

The Delaware trio was among 500 student-athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators from all three NCAA divisions who attended the event.

“It was a real privilege to be chosen to represent the University of Delaware,” Schroeder remarked.  “I take pride in my community and I try to represent it well, whether it be on the field, in the classroom, or elsewhere. As student-athletes, we're brought into what is basically a family, and it's up to us as teammates and peers to maintain that community. It's important that we can all connect with a set of values that describes our community. Regardless of our sport, we're all Blue Hens representing the University of Delaware and the bond we share is strongly dependent on the amount of effort and care that we put into it.”

Written by Grant Roberts, Athletics Media Relations Student Intern

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