George Karl Student-Athlete Leadership Series

The George Karl Student-Athlete Leadership Series, led by former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, offers Kent Denver student-athletes the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills that can be utilized in sport and life.

Karl, one of the winningest coaches in NBA history and a parent at the school, has put together an exciting lineup of speakers featuring prominent members of the sports community. The guests share personal and career experiences to illustrate the importance of integrity, hard work and pursuing excellence even in the face of adversity. 

Each keynote address is open to student-athletes during Upper School common free period and includes time at the end for a Q&A with the speaker on stage. 

Watch a video from Truth+Media to see some of the highlights from the 2021-22 school year, and read below for recaps from all the sessions. 

A Look Inside the George Karl Student-Athlete Leadership Series


Ryan Harris: Sept. 27, 2021

Super Bowl Champion and former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Harris encourages students to chase their dreams by developing a winning mindset.

Abby Waner: Feb. 16, 2022

Former Duke basketball star and WNBA player Abby Waner leads a discussion for student-athletes on the empowerment of women in sports, business and life. 

Samantha Holloway: Apr. 20, 2022

Samantha Holloway, the executive chairperson of the NHL's Seattle Kraken, joined a panel at Kent Denver to discuss her background in business and the future of women in the professional sports world.

Vic Lombardi: Oct. 25, 2021

TV sports reporter and host Vic Lombardi leads a discussion on the importance of truth and the lessons he's learned through adversity in his own life. 

Steve Hess: Mar. 16, 2022

Steve Hess—the Director of Performance with the Denver Nuggets for 21 years—gives a talk on the important of building good habits to reach peak performance.