At least that seems to be the mission of the Arkansas athletic department and coach John L. Smith, who tweeted pictures from the team's "etiquette team dinner" where players learned — among other things - the proper way to set a table, which utensils to use in a given situation, how to use a fork properly and the proper way to get soup from a buffet. The players also were taught how to make conversation and network during a meal.
After a little research, it seems this dinner actually started under former coach Bobby Petrino and Smith has continued the tradition, which is now in its third year. The student-athlete development staff sets up the dinner, and DeNita Turner, the president and founder of a Maryland-based company called Image Builders, Inc., also attends to help coach players on the do's and don'ts of dining in a business situation.
This is a fantastic idea. Several of these players are going to find themselves in a dining situation for an interview or other important meeting, which will probably require these skills. And linebacker Jarrett Lake definitely has a leg up since he was the first player to master creating a perfect place setting.
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