AASP Spotlight

2018 Career Development Award Winners

Meet our 2018 Career Development Award Winners Laadi Issaka and Douglas Nover

2018 AASP Career Development Award recipients named

To support student-athletes’ career aspirations once they graduate from lower-resourced schools, the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program selected the second pair of recipients of the AASP Career Development Award

NCCU’S Preparing to Soar Program

Currently in its third year, the Preparing to Soar Program is an intensive academic enrichment program funded through the Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP). The bridge program begins in the summer prior to freshmen enrollment...

Utah Valley University’s Men’s Golf Team

Under the leadership of head coach Chris Curran, the Utah Valley’s men’s golf team has solidified a culture of academic and athletic excellence. During his tenure, Curran’s emphasis on academics first has taken the team from an 875 APR to...

North Carolina A&T's Christopher Belcher

Belcher, a transfer student-athlete, earned his way into the spotlight as a standout sprinter in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the 4x100 meter relay. His coach, Duane Ross, describes him as hardworking and competitive—traits that have...

2017 Career Development Award Winners

Gritt Broening This Fairleigh Dickinson junior spent four weeks volunteering in Tanzania. During this time, she helped build a water tank, install solar panels, and educate village teachers with new teaching techniques. Her overarching...

Jackson State University Head Baseball Coach Omar Johnson

Coach Omar Johnson was the key piece in shifting the academic culture and athletic success of Jackson State’s baseball team. His leadership and courage to change his recruiting philosophy paid off and has led to his student-athletes...

Coppin State's Christina Epps

Christina Epps, a standout graduate of Morristown High School in New Jersey, attended Coppin State on a track scholarship from 2009 to 2014 and majored in psychology. During college, Epps suffered an ACL injury, but through sheer...

Norfolk State University Men’s Track and Field Team

In 2013-14, the Norfolk State University men’s track and field team was banned for the postseason. The school was awarded an AASP grant, and the academic enhancements made as part of the grant were instrumental in shifting the culture of...

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