Kent State University is proud to be a member of the NCAA Life Skills Program. The Life Skills program is designed to help student-athletes bridge the gap from college to career and in the process make meaningful contributions to their communities. The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for personal development for each student-athlete based on his or her individual needs. The focus of the program is on the individual as a whole person - academically, athletically, and emotionally. Through specific programs, Life Skills works to meet student-athletes changing needs while in college and in the years after graduation.
The Life Skills program is comprised of five key commitments that address critical areas of personal development. Click on each of the commitment topics to learn what KSU athletes are achieving in these areas:
Commitment to Academic Excellence
Focusing on enhancing the student-athlete's academic performance through training in such areas as study skills, communication skills, goal setting, and stress management.
Focusing on providing student-athletes with the best possible athletic experience while at KSU. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognizes the importance of a wide variety of support programs such as nutrition counseling and strength training and is committed to providing student-athletes with the best possible program.
Commitment to Personal Development
Focusing on the emotional side of the student-athlete. This component covers such issues such as social development, fundamental values, personal health, and fiscal responsibility.
Commitment to Service
An important part of one's life is selfless service to the community, and this commitment focuses on providing student-athletes an opportunity to begin a lifelong habit of volunteerism.
Commitment to Career Development
Focusing on helping the student-athlete identify career goals and possible careers, develop interview skills, and cultivate an effective career network.
Ultimately the Life Skills program is designed to help student-athletes realize higher academic achievement, a higher level of maturity, self-responsibility, and greater overall success. As a participant in this program, Kent State University Athletics is dedicated to carrying out all of the program's goals and commitments.
For more information on Life Skills programming or to request a student-athlete service project or presentation at your organization/business, please contact:
Director of Student-Athlete Development