Freed-Hardeman University Lady Lions tennis player Ali Ann Russell participated this summer in the American Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program conducted in Washington, D.C.
The program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and inspire a new generation of volunteers by organizing blood drives for their classmates and community. Russell’s experience began with training, mentoring and networking during a two-week internship at Red Cross headquarters in Washington. The internship provides participating students the chance to receive coaching from senior Red Cross leadership. This opportunity can help participants gain life-long skills that can have an impact on their campus and throughout their future careers.
Russell will return to FHU to encourage fellow students to join in the mission to help save lives through blood donation. Russell received a $2,000 scholarship for participating in the program.
“This program exceeded every expectation I had for it,” Russell said. “It is truly an honor to be part of such an amazing group of people. I am so excited to see where this internship takes me and to utilize the skills I am learning in the upcoming blood drives at Freed-Hardeman this coming year. I cannot wait to see how this program blossoms at Freed-Hardeman.”
Nearly 20 percent of the millions of blood donations made each year come from young donors, such as college students. In about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help make an impact on campus while helping save lives in the community and beyond.
Russell is a junior from Adamsville.