Welcome to the Stephen F. Austin State University NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) was created. In 1994, after several years of development by the NCAA Foundation, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was launched to the NCAA membership. The mission of the CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) program is to support student-athletes in their academic, athletic, career, personal and community endeavors. Through specific programs, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program by the Stephen F. Austin Intercollegiate Athletics Department represents the university's commitment to providing services and support to meet student-athletes changing needs while in college and in their future endeavors.
Today, the NCAA Education Outreach staff oversees the development of the program, offering services, support and programs to participating institutions throughout the year. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board and the NCAA national office.
The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program at SFA also provides a College Adjustment course, facilitated by the CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator and the Asst Athletic Director for Student Services, in which freshmen student-athletes can earn degree credit while learning what it takes to be a successful student-athlete at the collegiate level. The course acts as an introduction to SFA and life as a student-athlete and also fosters good time-management and study skills. After taking the course, student-athletes are more aware of their own study habits and their effectiveness, as well as knowing university and NCAA policies and regulations.
CHAMPS/Life Skills Mission
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:
Participating institutions in the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program are provided with instructional materials and supplemental resources which support a student-athlete's development in five areas: academics, athletics, personal development, career development and community service.
CHAMPS/Life Skills Program Commitment Statements
Commitment to Academic Excellence
Commitment to Athletic Excellence
Commitment to Personal Development
Commitment to Career Development
Commitment to Service