Perspectives A Disciplined Life Athletics Leadership Council Hosts Danielle Slaton

The A Disciplined Life (ADL) Athletics Leadership Council is comprised of a select group of Perspectives student-athletes chosen for their leadership, academic and athletic qualities. They meet on a quarterly basis to focus on the 26 principles of the A Disciplined Life education model as they relate to both on and off the field/court activities. At Perspectives, academic preparation is coupled with character education and that same level of rigor is applied to sportsmanship. View, share and download photos on Flickr.

Special guest, Danielle Slaton, played soccer for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2000-2005, earning a silver medal in the Olympics and a bronze in the Women's World Cup. She played professionally in the Women's United Soccer Association, where she won a championship and was the league defender of the year in 2002. She also played professionally in Lyon, France, and played college soccer at Santa Clara University, where she captained her team to a NCAA championship in 2001. At Santa Clara, Danielle was a 3-time All-American and she was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Danielle works with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. "We've enjoyed an outstanding partnership with PCA for numerous years now," said Perspectives Athletic Director Vinay Mullick. "Their mission and work align neatly with our own work to educate students for college and prepare them for life through the 26 principles of the A Disciplined Life education model."
Danielle talked with the Perspectives student-athletes about “Elevating Your Game” and offered specific examples of how to make teammates better by filling their emotional tank with specific praise, appreciation and active listening. She reinforced the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life through personal stories of when she played soccer for the U.S. Women’s National Team and when she coached at Northwestern University.

After her playing career finished, Danielle went on to coach women's soccer at Northwestern University and earned her Master's Degree in Sports Administration. She then transitioned into education and became an instructional designer at Kaplan Higher Education, developing curriculum for college students and professors.

Currently, Danielle works as a women's soccer analyst for the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports. She also sits on U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors and Athlete Council, which allows her to travel on behalf of U.S. Soccer and the State Department to places like South Africa, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Jordan to coach youth about the life lessons that soccer can teach.