Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success
In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. The Program is based on the following five commitments:
1. Commitment to Academic
To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.
5. Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities.
The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program at USC-Upstate is based on these five tenets in order to develop each student-athlete into a whole person who will be successful on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. Click on each tenet above to see how each of them is being implemented at USCUpstate.