Winter 2018

Cover to Cover

In celebration of Champion magazine's first 10 years.

A New Champion for the Cause

When Caitlyn Wong’s assistant coach shared his passion for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Wong took the challenge — and ran with it.

You Snooze, You Win

Quality sleep raises GPAs and lowers the number of dropped classes. On the field, it speeds reaction times and decreases injury risk. So how can college athletes get more of it?

Biathlete world champion makes history with help of wife and baby

I was planning to retire. My wife, Erika, and I were expecting our first child, and I didn’t want to be an absent father.

Job shadowing gives Kentucky State athletes head start on careers

For Kentucky State junior Ditalion Battle, life always has been centered on two favorite things: basketball and video games.

Hope for a ‘Hidden City’

Having grown up in the tough Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Kenny Doss is aware of the negativity surrounding what he calls “the hidden city.”

Wisconsin-Parkside wrestler continues family legacy

As Wisconsin-Parkside senior Nick Becker prepares for this year’s Division II Wrestling Championships, he has more on his mind than winning a third consecutive national title.

Michigan football’s 2017 season chronicled in 8-part documentary

Football teams — particularly high-profile college programs — often keep their operations under strict lock and key.

6-time NCAA wrestling champ jumped to NFL having never played a college down

Carlton Haselrig’s road to becoming a professional football player had a twist that allowed him to become the most decorated wrestler in NCAA history.

Return on Investment

Darious Williams was loading flowers into a truck two years ago. Let that sink in for a moment. Then, consider the season the senior just had in closing out the remarkable rebirth of football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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