SAAC/NCAA Champs-Life Skills

Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success

In 1994, after several years of development by the NCAA, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was introduced to the NCAA membership. That summer 46 NCAA institutions joined the program. Today, over 585 NCAA member schools have been accepted into the program. Mount St. Joseph University was one of 40 institutions accepted into the Class of 2007.

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 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.

NCAA Program Encourages All-Around "CHAMPS (PDF - 206KB)"