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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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.

Abby Cheng: Above the net

A volleyball scholarship Abby Cheng earned at Arkansas State paved the way to a career as a researcher, community leader and mentor to young girls.

Dikembe Mutombo: A foreign path to triumph

Former Georgetown basketball star Dikembe Mutombo left the Congo to achieve an education and career, but returned to Africa as a philanthropist. He was named one of the NCAA's 2016 Silver Anniversary Award winners.

Gail Marquis: From basketball court to Wall Street

Gail Marquis discovered a love for playing basketball while growing up in Queens, New York. Along the way, she also acquired skills that have propelled her to success as a college, Olympic and professional women’s basketball player, on Wall Street as a top-rated financial service professional and as a citizen of the world.

Mark McLaughlin: From the wrestling mat to the operating room

The pursuit of excellence as a wrestler at the College of William and Mary helped prepare neurosurgeon Dr. Mark McLaughlin to become a world-renown surgeon and cranial condition and spine disorder specialist.

Hunter Smith: Former Notre Dame student-athlete kicks way to the country music stage

Hunter Smith took the lessons he learned as a two-sport athlete at the University of Notre Dame and went on to become an NFL player, a singer/songwriter and the front man for his country rock band.

Gail Koziara Boudreaux: From the basketball court to the boardroom

Gail Koziara Boudreaux, recognized on Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” and Forbes' “100 Most Powerful Women in the World’’ lists, uses the lessons she learned on Dartmouth’s basketball court to build successful management teams in the healthcare industry.

Yvonne Gutierrez: From fastballs to fighting fires

Yvonne Gutierrez, a three-time NCAA softball champion at UCLA, now serves the people of Southern California as a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Gutierrez credits her college coaches with keeping her focused on academics and credits athletics with preparing her for a career as a firefighter and fire engineer.

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.

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