Men’s Soccer Alumnus, Emilio Huerta, Attends Winning Edge Leadership Game Changing Retreat in Miami, Florida

The 2018 Winning Edge Leadership Game Changing Retreat was not your average four-day conference. Just ask recent graduate and former UC Riverside men’s soccer player Emilio Huerta.Nominated by the Highlanders Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Tamica Smith-Jones, Huerta was just one of 16 student-athletes from across the country to take part in the retreat which took place in Miami, June 21-24.The conference had a few objectives for the 16 student-athletes who have all shown an interest in pursuing a career in sports business. Those goals included increasing the understanding of what skills are necessary to secure positions in sports business, raising awareness of the existing talent pool and connecting the student-athletes with mentors in the field.One of the six mentors involved in the retreat was Dr. Julie Shaw, a graduate of UC Riverside and former Highlander student-athlete. Dr. Shaw is currently the head women’s basketball coach at the University of La Verne and an adjunct professor of sports and society at Gonzaga University.”Going and meeting with all of these leaders was life changing and really eye opening,” Huerta said.Huerta, originally from Gilroy, CA, played three seasons with the Highlanders as a midfielder after transferring from San Diego State. During his time at UCR, Huerta majored in psychology and worked with student-athlete services Director Michelle Almazan to help counsel at risk student-athletes.Huerta hopes the experience and relationships he built during the conference will give him more opportunities in sports business.  “I knew how much this could help me get my foot in the door,” Huerta said. “It gave me an idea of my future and really expanded my vision.”

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