Beyond the Classroom :: CHAMPS / Life Skills Program
A member of the NCAA CHAMPS / Life Skills Program since 1995,
Middle Tennessee State University and the SAEC staff are committed
to personal development, career development and community service.
The enhancement center has the goal of challenging the Blue Raider
Student-Athletes to pursue and achieve personal success and develop
a life-long commitment to learning.
Academic Excellence is supported through the
enhancement center which houses a library-style study center
which includes study carrels, computers, academic advising,
individual tutoring, group study tables, as well as, referral to
other campus assistance and resources. The Blue Raiders
Student-Athletes are encouraged to transfer the skills that make
them successful on the field and court into the classroom.
Development is administered through a needs assessment
system in which student-athletes, administrators and coaches have
input. Programming for personal development is based on the
changing needs and issues identified that will support and
enhance the student-athletes. Past programming has included
alcohol, drugs and addictive behavior, fiscal responsibility,
leadership development, public speaking, understanding diversity,
eating disorders, sexual responsibility, defining values, media
relations, and etiquette.
Career Development begins when the student-athlete
arrives on campus in the form of academic advising. Students are
referred to major college advisors and departments for
information on various programs. An informative career night is
held where students may attend three sessions and hear
professionals tell "the good, the bad, and the ugly";
about their professions to assist them in decision making.
Workshops on resume writing are available to individuals or small
groups. A seminar is held for sophomores emphasizing the need for
resume and experience building. Juniors are required to register
with the university career center. Seniors are taught to take the
twenty-four traits of a successful athlete and transfer these
traits to the business world, interview training, and write a
DILO (day in the life of) and to relate this to a career.
Community Service is
an integral part of the program is dedicated to developing a
life-long commitment to service in each of the student-athletes.
Activities include the Rutherford County Special Olympics, Read
Across America, Raider by Request, canned food drives, Red Cross
collection, charity golf tournaments, Angel Tree, Women in Sports
Days, free youth sport clinics and Habitat for Humanity.