Cardinal cross country and track athlete, Sidney Bosley, has been elected to serve on the Association of Student-Athletes (ASA) for a second term throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.

osley, junior biology major, is one of thirty-three student-athlete representatives elected to the ASA, which serves as the NAIA’s student advocacy arm in its governance structure. There are over 65,000 student-athletes within the NAIA.

Members of the ASA were selected from a pool of nominees forwarded to the National Office by each conference and the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.). The make-up of the ASA requires that each of the 21 conferences and each of the 25 NAIA championship sports have at least one representative.

In 2015, Bosley was nominated by Rob Miller, commissioner of the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), to represent the conference and women’s cross country.

Bosley serves as ASA secretary, meaning she is one of eleven members within the ASA that are also a part of the CSA (Council of Student-Athletes), which includes all administrative positions in the association and a few members at-large.

“National convention is particularly cool because I get to meet all of my fellow ASA and CSA members in person after so many conference-call meetings,” said Bosley after returning from the NAIA’s 75th National Convention in Kansas City this past April. “We all live across the country from one another, so it’s fun to share about our experiences within our different schools.”

Separate from her nomination into the ASA, Bosley was also nominated to represent the WHAC at the American Red Cross NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program in summer 2015. She spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. acquiring first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training while learning to organize and market successful campus blood drives in order to increase blood donations in their communities.

Bosley organized three blood-drives at Concordia throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, collecting 116 units from the campus community which in turn will save 348 lives.

Because of her connection to the Red Cross, Bosley was given the opportunity to present at national convention in Kansas City, reporting on the 10 year partnership between American Red Cross and NAIA.

That’s not all. Bosley was also selected to give the invocation for the keynote speaker address at national convention. The keynoter was C.L. Shepherd, former NFL player, who shared his remarkable Christian testimony and his journey as a student-athlete.

“I feel honored to be able to gain these experiences of public speaking and presenting in professional environments. I love my school, and can’t wait to serve another term next year representing not only CUAA but also our entire athletic conference.”

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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