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CHAMPS/Life Skills

Community Service
University of Tulsa student-athletes participate in the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) was created.

In 1994, after several years of development by the NCAA Foundation, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was launched to the NCAA membership. That summer 46 NCAA institutions participated in the first orientation for administrators from around the country. Since then, approximately 50 member institutions have joined the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program each year.

Today, the NCAA Education Outreach staff oversees the development of the program, offering services, support and programs to participating institutions throughout the year. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Foundation, the NCAA and the Division I-A Athletic Directors' Association.

The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program advisory team was created to help with programming initiatives and planning for the annual Orientation and Continuing Education Conference. The eight-member advisory team is made up of a diverse group of coordinators representing all NCAA divisions from different regions of the country.

The CHAMPS/Life Skills program focuses on five commitments that over 300 NCAA institutions are making in the growth and development of student-athletes.

  • Academic Excellence
  • Athletic Excellence
  • Personal Development
  • Community Service
  • Career Development

The University of Tulsa is proud to be participating in the Champs/Life Skills program (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success). Our mission is to create a more positive collegiate experience for the student-athlete, as well as promote the whole person through programs in each of the Life Skills commitments.

Academic Excellence
This component focuses on the academic growth of the student-athletes leading to graduation

  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Writing Skills
  • Tutorial services
  • Athletic Travel
  • Academic Advising/Counseling
  • Computer Skills
  • Honors luncheon for student-athletes

Athletics Excellence
This component focuses on the development of the athletic programs that are equitable to well-being of the student-athlete.

  • Qualified/Trained Coaches and Support Staff
  • Brother/Sister Teams
  • State-of-the-Art facilities
  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Mentoring Team Members
  • Teamwork/Team Dynamics
  • Work Ethic

Personal Development
This component supports the total well-being of the student-athlete by providing education on leadership, emotional and physical wellness and well-being.

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Drug Education
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Stress Management
  • Leadership development
  • Freshman Seminars
  • Public Speaking
  • Sexual Responsibility

Community Service
This component provides student-athletes a chance to engage in volunteer services to campus and surrounding communities.

  • Speaker's Bureau (athletes and coaches)
  • Team Projects
  • Hospital Visits
  • Mentoring

Career Development
This component assists the student-athlete in setting career objectives and decision making for life management

  • Internship Program
  • Mock Interviews
  • Resume Writing
  • Graduate School Assistance
  • Career Fair
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Networking