Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Lacrosse completed The Program, a two-day leadership and team-building exercise at Tobay Beach on Long Island's South Shore Monday.

The Program was founded in 2008 with the mission of providing high schools, professional and collegiate teams, and corporate organizations, with the best leadership and team building development in the country. Under the leadership of CEO and founder Eric Kapitulik, The Program creates personalized leadership development training that challenged every member of team to get "that much better."

Pride student-athletes participated in two, two-hour, early morning physically and mentally challenging training session alongside The Program team. The Program team first reviewed their ethos and three core principles and then challenged the team's members and Captains (Team Captains Judgment Day) to prove their commitment to them. Those three core principles are: we are strong and mentally tough; we don't make excuses and we don't let others make excuses for us; and we work hard. Following the physical portion of training, the Program Lead Instructor will meet with team members and the coaching staff, respectively while leading a discussion on current team and leadership challenges.

The Program believes that student-athletes and teams develop both as individuals and as a team through facing adversity, through shared hardship. They teach, mentor and evaluate individual and team leadership development and team cohesiveness by challenging student-athletes and teams both mentally and physically.Their mission is not to produce bigger, faster, stronger athletes but, rather to develop individual men and women into a cohesive team.

Hofstra senior goalie Andrew Gvozden was cited for his excellent leadership abilities at the conclusion of the exercise. For more information on The Program, please go to www.TheProgram.org.