The University of Iowa
Athletics Student Services
Program of Excellence
During the 2000-2001 academic year, the University of Iowa Athletics Program was one of four schools awarded a prestigious "Program of Excellence" by the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association for their CHAMPS/LifeSkills Program. The "Program of Excellence" recognizes Division 1A athletic programs that have established student-athlete welfare as the cornerstone of their operating principles.
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) program was created by the NCAA in the early 90's to focus on the "total development" of student athletes. The program has five parts or committments: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, service and career development. With this mission, the program strives to assist student athletes in attaining skills to become successful leaders and responsible citizens in our communities. The University of Iowa has adopted the theme "Today's Hawkeyes are Tomorrow's Leaders," for the program.
The University of Iowa has a longstanding commitment to the growth and development of its student athletes. Since its creation in the 1970's, the UI Office of Athletic Student Services has been a pioneer in providing academic support services for its student athletes. The UI program is a model for other schools developing their own programs. Up to 20 professionals associated with the office work to ensure that student athletes get the most out of their college experience. Features of the UI CHAMPS/LifeSkills program are:
They also work to identify student athletes who may need tailored academic assistance and design an array of academic services to help them succeed.
For all new student athletes, there is an 8-week Transition Seminar offered during fall semester. Topics include personal and academic goal setting, relating to professors, and study strategies.
The Minority Focus Group assists minority student athletes to develop a support network to help them face the unique challenges in their personal, social, and cultural adjustment to the UI.
The Iowa Student Athlete Advisory Committee (ISAAC) offers students an opportunity for leadership, as well as an avenue for addressing student athlete interests and concerns with the administration.
One of the hallmark activities is the Youth Leadership Program, a summer leadership school for area preteens and teenagers in which student athletes serve as counselors and role models. Senior Jeremy Allen values his involvement in the community. "Participating in our schools CHAMPS/LifeSkills programs have been extrememly fulfilling for me. The opportunity to be a part of our Youth Leadership Program has been wonderful. Every day I had the opportunity to directly influence a youngster's life by being a positive role model."