Students at Wild Rose Schools attended the CWC Athletic Leadership Workshop on March 5 in Marion. Pictured are those who attended: Andrew Wildner, Torrance Marquez, Cavan Williams, Orria Wood, Brett Wilbert, and Laney Havlovitz.

CWC Athletic Leadership Workshop a huge success

The Central Wisconsin Conference (CWC) held an athletic leadership workshop on March 5 at the Northwinds Banquet Hall in Marion. Nearly 170 student-athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators attended.


The format of the workshop was individual reflection, small group discussion, and large group sharing of ideas to grow leadership and athletics across all interested parties in the central northern Wisconsin schools. Participants began by better understanding why they were there and then moved on to sharing core values and SMART solutions to enhance athletic experiences. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

“The focus of the participants was incredible. Athletics, like all of our co-curricular activities, offers leadership opportunities for our students. Our goal with this workshop was to share best practices and opportunities across the conference and with students, parents, coaches, and administrators working together and that is exactly what happened,” said Jim Grygleski, Rosholt High School Principal.

The schools of the CWC include: Amherst, Almond-Bancroft, Bonduel, Bowler, Gresham, Iola-Scandinavia, Manawa, Marion, Menominee Indian, Northland Lutheran, Pacelli, Pittsville, Port Edwards, Rosholt, Shiocton, Tigerton,Tri-County, Weyau-wega-Fremont, Wild Rose, Wittenberg-Birnamwood, and Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.

Todd Kuckkahn, facilitator of the workshop, said, “I was thoroughly impressed with the level of engagement by the student-athletes and the overall interaction of the participants. Each school walked out with at least one SMART goal they developed and then I shared with all of the schools what each school did, so they ended up with twenty projects to glean ideas. It was truly results-based and not just a bunch of lectures on what kids should do or be.”

Kuckkahn has been working with the third, sixth, and ninth graders at the Rosholt School District on a program called, “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.” This program was developed through the John C. Maxwell Team and Todd is a certified, independent speaker, coach, teacher, and trainer. He is also a certified trainer and consultant for DISC. Todd speaks nationally on topics such as leadership and talent development.


Students and adults are looking forward to the next opportunity to share ideas. Each school is taking back their project with the goal of implementing it during the 2020-21 school year, if not sooner. Project examples included working more with youth, growing as role models, more community engagement, and creating captain’s clubs to keep the momentum moving forward.