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CHAMPS/Life Skills

"Inherently, each one of us has the substance within to achieve whatever our goals and dreams define. What is missing from each of us is the training, education, knowledge and insight to utilize what we already have."

-Mark Twain

What is CHAMPS/Life Skills?

CHAMPS stands for CHallenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success. Through the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, Tennessee State University strives to help student-athletes to become well-rounded and successful. We not only want to prepare our student-athletes to be successful while they are attending the University, but also for life beyond graduation.

CHAMPS/Life Skills Mission

The mission of the NCAA is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was created to support the student-athlete development initiatives of NCAA member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education.

In the process of achieving this mission, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program will:

  • Promote the student-athletes' ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities.
  • Meet the changing needs of student-athletes.
  • Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among student-athletes.
  • Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills.
  • Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education.
  • Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectively access campus resources.
  • Encourage the development of character, integrity and leadership skills.

CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Commitment Statements

Commitment to Academic Excellence To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.

Commitment to Athletic Excellence To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete.

Commitment to Personal Development To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, leadership, personal growth and decision-making skills.

Commitment to Career Development To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.

Commitment to Service To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities.

History of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program

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 1A Athletics Directors' Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was created. In 1994, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was launched to the NCAA membership. In 2003, Tennessee State University joined the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.

Contact Information

Valencia Jordan
Associate AD/SWA
Phone: 615-963-5754


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