The UNC CHAMPS/Life Skills program is designed to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field. The program is designed to better prepare student-athletes become successful in college and in their professional lives beyond graduation; as well as, prepare them to make educated decisions in their personal life, and make meaningful contributions to their communities. At the University of Northern Colorado, members of the Student-Athlete Services Committee (SASC) are responsible for the CHAMPS’ operation. SASC is made up of representatives from strength & conditioning, sports medicine, equipment, Student-Athlete Academic Success, compliance, and the senior women’s administrator. The UNC CHAMPS/Life Skills Program incorporates education for student-athletes in conjunction with campus regarding the five commitment areas of the program:
- Commitment to Academic Excellence
- Commitment to Athletic Excellence
- Commitment to Personal Development
- Commitment to Career Development
- Commitment to Service
The student athlete Life Skills education begins with the FYE 108 “Life Skills for Student Athletes” course during their freshmen year. The course focuses on success strategies for student athletes as college students and division 1 athletes. Following their freshman year, they can participate in various programming covering the 5 commitment areas listed above which will gain points for their athletic teams in the “Life Skills Competition.”
SAAC/Bears Life Skills Competition
This competition is for all UNC athletic teams. Through the SAAC/Bears Life Skills Competition, we hope to reward those teams and individuals who represent the complete student-athlete. Athletes must submit a point sheet in order to receive points for personal enhancement, community outreach and Bear pride categories. Points are updated weekly and can be earned until April 1st.
Student-athletes can earn points for their teams in six categories:
This category refers to our proud tradition of service to the community. Outreach can be done as a team, with other student-athletes from other teams, or individually.
Points will be awarded for student athletes receiving these academic honors: Academic All District, Academic All American, and highest Team GPA.
Teams or individuals can earn points for attending any Campus Event, CHAMPS/Life Skills event or team requested program related to personal development. Examples of events include career workshops, diversity, drug and alcohol speakers, behavior education workshops, or nutrition workshops. This category also includes mandatory team and athletic department events.
This category awards points to teams and athletes that go the extra mile to support their fellow student athletes by attending each other’s sporting events. Any athletes who support their fellow Bear student athletes’ competitions will receive points, individually or as a team.
Teams will earn 10 points for each meeting if they have two representatives in attendance. In the case that a meeting conflicts with practice, the team can earn points by notifying the Academic Success office of their absence and reading the minutes to their team in the following week.
The Scoring System:
Individual Points – Individuals will earn 100 points for their team for each individual effort. At the end of each week, the points will be divided by the number of student-athletes on the active roster for each sport. This should account for the varying numbers on rosters
Team Points - Team efforts, defined as 80% participation or 20 members, for all categories earn 100 points per event. All mandatory events require 100% participation in order to receive points.
There will be one ultimate winner at the end of the year. The winning team will be recognized at the Academic Awards Reception in April. Also, each team leading a particular category will be recognized for their efforts.
** Student-athletes will be counted as part of the team if they are listed on the eligibility roster.
Athletes listed on two rosters will count points towards both teams.
Bears Next Step Program
In conjunction with the UNC Career Services office, the Bears Next Step Program designed through the CHAMPS/Life Skills program provides a full-service approach to academic major and career selection, career counseling, internship and job search assistance (including job and internship fairs), and testing services. Testing services include CLEP examinations (where students can test and receive designated elective and general education classes); college entrance exams (including ACT, SAT, ACT-Residual and GED); and graduate school entrance exams (including GRE subject, LSAT, MAT, NLN, and MCAT). Assessment services are also provided to assist in selections of majors and career selections.
The Career Services office is located on the 2nd floor of the University Center, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, with drop-in career counseling available Tuesday through Thursday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The office can be reached at 351-2127 or online.