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Life Skills

NCAA Life Skills, a well-known collaboration between the national office, the 1,200 member institutions, the affiliate organizations and conference offices, is committed to the total development of student-athletes, preparing them with "life skills" that are useful throughout the college experience and after graduation. Previously known as CHAMPS/Life Skills, the student-athlete development program was modeled after the “Total Person Project” established by Dr. Homer Rice, longtime athletics director at Georgia Institute of Technology.

The project stemmed from Dr. Rice’s belief that excellence is a result of a balanced life including academic achievement, athletic success and personal wellbeing – core values that Life Skills administrators across the NCAA membership bring to their everyday interaction with student-athletes.

Starting in 2016, NCAA is partnering with the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, better known as N4A, for daily oversight and operation of programming for student-athletes and life skills professionals at NCAA member institutions. Over a three-year period, N4A will become the primary provider of development and programming for life skills professionals. Read more about the new partnership.