ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA baseball standout Reid Petty has been selected to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the upcoming NCAA Leadership Forum, slated for Nov. 16-19 in Washington, D.C., it was announced by the league office on Thursday.
A native of Mansfield, Texas, and a product of Mansfield High School, Petty is an active member of UTA's award-winning Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Petty, a redshirt junior, is a business accounting/finance major and is set to graduate in December. Petty is one of two Sun Belt Conference student-athletes selected to participate in the leadership forum, joining troy softball's Cassidy McDilda.
"I am honored to have been selected to participate in the NCAA Leadership Forum," said Petty. "I am excited to learn more about leadership that I can bring back to the team and take with me for the rest of my life. It will be a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and meet some new people. Being a part of this leadership academy, and being able to grow as a person through this process, is a great honor to me."
The NCAA hosts the forum each year and it is designed to present differing leadership qualities and strategies while also providing instruction in how to evaluate the differences and similarities across all sports, campuses and cultures.
"Reid is a great example of the type of quality student-athlete we have at UTA," UTA Head Coach Darin Thomas said. "Reid is a hard worker, is committed to growing on and off the diamond and takes his leadership role in the program seriously. We are excited that Reid is granted to opportunity to participate in this event and proud of all his accomplishments."
Student-athletes who were selected to attend the forum will return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of SAAC. The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for more than 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.
Over his career with the Mavs, Petty has pitched in 14 games with seven starts, owning a 2-1 record with 25 strikeouts in 32 innings. In 2017, Petty was off to a strong start as UTA's Tuesday starter, before suffering a season-ending injury that ended his campaign with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.
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