Life Skills for Student-Athletes
Griz A.C.E.S (Athletes Committed to Excellence in School, Sports, Service and Social responsibility) is a comprehensive personal development program for student-athletes at The University of Montana. The program is designed to assist student-athletes in their academic, athletic, and personal growth. The Griz A.C.E.S. program is comprised of several components which focus on providing student-athletes with a variety of life-skills and encourage community involvement and service
(Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success)
The University of Montana Department of Intercollegiate Athletics adheres to the NCAA's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program by providing support for all student-athletes to develop in multi-dimensional ways. The program is committed to enhancing UM student-athletes' overall experience while preparing them for successful and productive lives and careers after college. The University of Montana's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is aligned with the five commitment statements of the NCAA's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program:
- 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, personal growth and decision making skills.
- Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his/her campus and surrounding communities.
- Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.
CHAMPS/Life Skills at The University of Montana
Commitment to Academic Excellence:
- Athletic Academic Services Staff
- Academic Advising
- Priority Registration
- Free Tutoring
- Jacobson Academic Center - free computer lab access
- Degree Completion Scholarships
- Summer School Financial Aid
- Team Study Tables
- Mid-Term Grade Checks
- Travel Letters
- Academic Awards
Commitment to Athletic Excellence:
- 14 NCAA Division I Athletic Teams (8 female: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, volleyball; 6 male: basketball, cross country, football, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field) (www.gogriz.com)
Commitment to Personal Development:
- New Student-Athlete Workshop
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee---SAAC
- Griz S.C.A.P.E.
- Guest Speakers
- Referrals to Campus Resources (Curry Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services, Foreign Student and Scholar Services, American Indian Student Services, Disability Student Services, Minority Mentor)
Commitment to Service:
- Griz in the Community
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee---SAAC
- Referrals to Campus Resources (Office of Civic Engagement)
Commitment to Career Development:
Griz S.C.A.P.E. (Sport Counseling and Performance Enhancement) Services and Resource Center provides UM athletes with resource information and counseling assistance in life-skills education and sport performance enhancement. Programming includes:
- An academic course in optimal performance strategies and life-skills education (Health and Human Performance 270)
- Sport counseling to provide assistance as needed in two related areas
- Performance enhancement counseling to assist in developing sport confidence, visual organization skills and optimal performance strategies
- Life-skills counseling and referral services to help with nutritional issues, drug and alcohol issues, and crisis management
- A resource library containing NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills materials, as well as sport performance enhancement books, articles, and pamphlets
- A semiannual Griz S.C.A.P.E. newsletter updating all Grizzly student-athletes on optimal performance issues and life-skills information
The NCAA is committed to a comprehensive program of life skills that provides educational experience and services in order to develop well-balanced lifestyles for student-athletes; to encourage growth in decision-making, planning and fulfillment of career and life goals; and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting.
In the process of achieving this mission, the NCAA Life Skills Program will:
- Support efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation
- Use athletics as preparation for success in life
- Meet the changing needs of the student-athletes
- Promote respect for diversity among student-athletes
- Enhance interpersonal relationships in the lives of student-athletes
- Assist student-athletes to build positive self-esteem
- Enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities
- Promote ownership by the student-athletes of his/her academic, athletic, personal and social responsibilities
- Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education
We believe in:
- The total development of the student-athlete in each of the following areas:
- Personal Development
- Career Development
- Promoting a balanced experience for the student-athlete within the university environment and surrounding community
- Providing n environment that promotes the development of values clarification, goal setting and responsible decision making
- Providing an environment of proactive programming rather than reactive intervention
- Continual evaluation and support of the Life Skills Program and member institutions
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