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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Steven L. Smith: From father to son

NASA Associate Director for the International Space Station and former astronaut Steve Smith has been to space four times and embarked upon seven grueling spacewalks. He is adamant that the time he spent balancing college water polo with his studies at Stanford University provided an invaluable foundation for his career.

Courtney Stephenson: From handsprings to medical innovations

As a former gymnast at Southern Connecticut State and now a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Courtney Stephenson knows the value of dedicating herself to a greater goal.

Stevan Savich: Banking on success

Stevan Savich went from a standout football player at the University of Indianapolis to a successful businessman in the banking industry. His experiences on the football field, as well as in the classroom while earning his economics degree, helped him obtain a career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Patricia Melton: Running toward a purpose

Patricia Melton has faced many challenges in her life, but nothing she could not handle. The former Yale University track star and current executive director of New Haven Promise gives back so others can obtain an education and useful professional experience.

Travis Dorsch: Master of many domains

Combining a love for learning with a passion to give back to the sports that gave him so much, former Purdue University multisport athlete Travis Dorsch has found his true calling as a developmental researcher and assistant professor at Utah State University.

Carol Stiff pivots from college athlete to ESPN executive

Carol Stiff has established herself as a leader in women’s college sports, having worked at ESPN for more than 20 years and helping shape programming and content for espnW. Stiff credits the lessons learned in college sports for her success in life.

Drew Meyer is translating athletics success in college to achievement in business

Drew Meyer, a former All-America baseball player from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, who also played professionally, went back to school to finish what he started. He completed his degree.

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.

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