LO student-athlete selected to 2023 National Athletic Advisory Council.
The National Athletic Advisory Council announced newly elected 2023 council members from a pool of thousands across the country, with Lake Oswego student-athlete Payton Cavagnaro chosen to represent the state of Oregon.
Cavagnaro, a junior, competes on the varsity volleyball team at Lake Oswego High School in Oregon. In 2021, she was captain of the JV team and played club volleyball with Oregon Junior Volleyball Association.
Cavagnaro was also named captain of the JV softball team, serves on student council and excels in her leadership class. Her coaches describe her as coachable, creative and always looking for ways to step up and be a leader.
“Payton is an excellent addition to the council,” said Catch23 Performance owner, Kaci Allen. “We are looking forward to engaging her creativity and leadership skills to pour into a new generation of young athletes.”
Election to the NAAC is the highest sport psychology honor available to high school athletes. Nomination to the NAAC is open to athletes from all sports across all 50 states and is based on a level of excellence in athletics, academics and personal character.
Once nominated, athletes must apply for consideration, complete an interview process, and if moved through to the final
round, identifying information is removed from applications, then voted on by a team comprised of collegiate/high school athletic directors, collegiate/professional athletes and coaches, executive coaches, sport psychology coaches and other leadership professionals.
The NAAC is crucial in providing feedback to help direct programming for T.E.A.M. (Training Elite Athletes Mentally) Varsity, the leading sport psychology program available to high school athletes. Members of T.E.A.M. Varsity have access to monthly live calls/workshops focused on sport psychology and developing and/or honing their own mental game as well as exercises, Q&As and more with leading experts.
“At Catch23, we work with top athletes around the world, helping them develop and keep an unstoppable mental game. We want high school athletes from the smallest town to the largest competitive arena to have access to the same expert knowledge, techniques and exercises on their own time in a way that’s not been available, until now,” Allen said.
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