Life After the Game

Millions of former NCAA student-athletes are making positive impacts across the globe on a daily basis with many crediting their success to their student-athlete academic and athletic experiences. Go here to read compelling stories about former student-athletes and how they are changing the world.

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Heather Lyke: The sporty type

Former Michigan softball player Heather Lyke cites experience as making her a better person and athletics director.

Christopher Howard: Advocate for Education

Former U.S. Air Force Academy halfback Chris Howard used his college experience to propel him to become president of Robert Morris University.Christopher Howard is one of the NCAA’s 2016 Silver Anniversary Award winners in honor of being a distinguished former student-athlete 25 years removed from the end of his college playing career. Click here to read more about Howard’s path to success before, during and after his time as a college athlete at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

J. Ofori Agboka: Humble and hungry

J. Ofori Agboka took the importance of teamwork he learned as a college athlete into the business world, where he assembles talent as GM’s HR director.

Joe Juneau: Scoring Goals in Life

Joe Juneau balanced classwork, hockey and learning English at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Now the former Olympian coaches and mentors kids.

LaChina Robinson: Living to Inspire

A reluctant path to basketball changed LaChina Robinson’s trajectory in life. As the only one of 16 children in her blended family to earn a college degree, the Wake Forest alum now inspires others as a broadcaster and role model.

Naret Viravong: A wrestler’s American dream

Naret Viravong escaped his homeland of Laos for safety in a Thailand refugee camp. Now he’s living the American dream as a consultant to orthopedic spine surgeons.

Russell Maryland: A Duty To Serve

Russell Maryland won a lot of games as a University of Miami (Florida) football player, but a vital part of his college experience was being mentored by coaches and professors. Now Maryland pays it back by guiding youth in the right direction.

Anita DeFrantz: Pioneer in athletics, civil rights

College basketball and rowing gave Anita DeFrantz opportunities she never had, and her competitive spirit fueled her career.

Sarah Labowitz: Driving team goals in soccer and life

After playing soccer and earning a degree in history from Grinnell College, Sarah Labowitz now lives a life of service to others as a human rights advocate and research scholar.

Patrick Hill and Brandon Rice: Former football players shatter stereotypes in pursuing careers as nurses

Brandon Rice and Patrick Hill hope to put their nursing degrees and knowledge to use while shattering stereotypes within the nursing profession and making a difference in the lives of others.

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