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IA Sports Powerhouses Honored For Innovative Student-Athlete Initiatives.

DALLAS--(BW SoprtsWire)--Oct. 12, 1998--

Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association Awards

CHAMPS/Life Skills Honors

Today, seven of the nation's leading collegiate sports programs were honored for their accomplishments off the field.

IA powerhouses Florida State University Florida State University, at Tallahassee; coeducational; chartered 1851, opened 1857. Present name was adopted in 1947. Special research facilities include those in nuclear science and oceanography. , Penn State University, Syracuse University Syracuse University, main campus at Syracuse, N.Y.; coeducational; chartered 1870, opened 1871. Syracuse is noted for its research programs in government and industry; facilities include the Center for Science and Technology, the Newhouse Communications Center, and , University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. , University of Nebraska, University of Nebraska, University of, main campus at Lincoln; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1869, opened 1871. The university has an excellent archaeological museum and noted art galleries.  Oklahoma and University of Washington received the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program of Excellence Award from the IA Athletic Directors' Association.

The award honors universities that have dedicated staff, financial resources and creative energies to improve the total college experience for the student-athlete. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program was created in 1992 to teach students such skills as financial management, career planning, study techniques and community service, preparing them for life after the final game whistle is blown.

"Student-athletes attend college to excel in life, not just sports," said Gene Hooks, director, IA Directors' CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. "Athletic programs today must focus on the total person, not just the athlete. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program provides the tools and opportunities needed to develop a well-rounded student, prepared for a life off the field."

The award recognizes these universities as lifetime Programs of Excellence. They join last year's winners -- North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures

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All CHAMPS/Life Skills initiatives, active on 96 percent of Division IA campuses, build their programs around five commitments: Academic Excellence, Athletic Excellence, Personal Development, Community Service and Career Development. Each university is then free to develop activities and programming that express the unique character of their athletes and community. Many are incorporating extensive leadership training units into their programs.

Winning schools have instituted such initiatives as speaker's bureaus, tutorial programs, issues seminars, career exploration days, freshman enrichment programs and minority mentoring events.

Jim Livengood, president of the Division IA Athletic Directors' Association, has seen the program take shape and flight at the University of Arizona, where he is athletic director Athletic director (commonly, "athletics director") is a position at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, which oversees the work of the coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic .

"At the end of every school year, I meet with our students to talk about their college experience, and I hear how important CHAMPS/Life Skills is to them, and I see the difference it has made," Livengood said. "The program exposes these men and women to exciting and fulfilling careers; it teaches them to enjoy serving others; and it exposes them to a world of opportunities. Thanks to this program every student-athlete knows what it feels like to be the star of a winning game."

Livengood said he also views the program as a powerful recruiting tool, noting that several students have selected the University of Arizona because of its outstanding CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

CHAMPS/Life Skills programs happening at universities around the country on any day include resume workshops, manners and etiquette seminars, volunteer speaking engagements, sessions on date rape date rape n. forcible sexual intercourse by a male acquaintance of a woman, during a voluntary social engagement in which the woman did not intend to submit to the sexual advances and resisted the acts by verbal refusals, denials or pleas to stop, and/or physical  and alcoholism, time management instruction, career fairs and money management seminars.

The IA Athletic Directors' Association is a volunteer association of the athletic directors at Division IA schools. Its mission is a commitment to the well being of the student-athlete. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program serves as a compass for fulfilling that mission. The association honors winning schools at its annual conference, held in Dallas, Texas “Dallas” redirects here. For other uses, see Dallas (disambiguation).
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For more information about CHAMPS/Life Skills and the Program of Excellence Awards, contact Gene Hooks at 972-453-1234 today and 803-831-6700 after today.
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