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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Pellom McDaniels: 5 lessons college sports taught me

For Pellom McDaniels, a former Oregon State University football player, sport played a large role in his life. After college, he went on to play in the NFL, earned a Ph.D. in American studies, and then joined the faculty at Emory University.

Brent Lang: 5 lessons college sports taught me

Brent Lang is a four-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist swimmer from the University of Michigan. While his athletic accomplishments in college and beyond were extraordinary, Lang also thrived in the classroom and went on to become president and CEO of a successful company.

April Holmes has always had a need for speed

April Holmes is a former track and field student-athlete from Norfolk State University. Despite losing one of her legs below the knee in a freak accident, Holmes became not only a successful motivational speaker and author but also a multi-medal winner in the Paralympics as a sprinter.

Dr. Tamyra Rogers: Former Oklahoma women’s basketball standout takes on obesity epidemic

Former University of Oklahoma basketball star Dr. Tamyra Rogers once fought to keep the school’s basketball program alive. She succeeded and the challenge would prepare her for what came next. Since graduating in 1990, she has engaged in a more daunting battle – combating America’s obesity epidemic.

Matt Grace and Sean Joiner: Teammates beyond the gridiron

When Matt Grace and Sean Joiner put on their football pads at Catholic University for the first time, they hoped they would leave college with great memories, cherished friendships and academic degrees that prepared them for the real world. Little did they know just how formative those years would be.

Lisa Caputo: Field of dreams

From the competition field to public service to the private sector, Lisa Caputo knows what it takes to succeed.

Dan Guerrero: Pioneering role model who followed his dreams

Growing up in a blue-collar town in southern California, Dan Guerrero placed his hope for a better life in sports and the pursuit of a college degree.  Knowing he wanted to excel in sports and in life, he looked to his community’s heavyweight boxing stars, fellow Hispanics and other minority athletes for inspiration. One of those athletes just happened to be Jackie Robinson.

John Galgano: Man of many talents

An attorney, musician and actor, Galgano excels on all stages because of the teamwork mentality he learned through college sports.

Billy Mills: Hero to Native Americans and Olympians everywhere

Billy Mills began life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His Lakota name, “Makoce Te’hila,” means “Loves His Country” or, more traditionally, “Respects the Earth.” Orphaned by age 13, he faced poverty and discrimination but drew strength from running. Nothing has stopped him since.

Whitey Kapsalis: Working on a dream

Even when Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis’ dream came true, it was still a work in progress.

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