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CHAMPS/Life Skills

In the summer of 1994, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was launched through the NCAA to its membership and Seton Hall continues to expand and improve its programming for all student-athletes. The acronym CHAMPS refers to "Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success." Seton Hall has been a member of the NCAA Champs/Life Skills Program since 1995. This program was developed by the NCAA as a vehicle to address the many facets of student-athletes' lives on college campuses.

The mission of the NCAA/CHAMPS Life Skills Program is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the student-athlete as an integral part of the student body and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education. In the process of achieving this mission, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program will:

In the summer of 2010 the NCAA Student-Athlete Development and CHAMPS/Life Skills units within the educational affairs department of the NCAA merged to become Student-Athlete Affairs (SAA). This program provides the following comprehensive resources under the Student-Athlete Affairs Life Skills Mission.

Life Skills Mission
To provide life skills support in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development and community service through the distribution of NCAA, BIG EAST Conference and Seton Hall resources. Seton Hall University's Life Skills program will provide on-going educational opportunities to student-athletes to further develop these areas and make our student-athletes into successful leaders of the future.

Athletics Excellence
Seton Hall is committed to excellence in all areas and strives to provide its programs with the resources to succeed on the field of competition. The Department of Athletics will seek out top professionals to serve as coaches, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists who can impart expert knowledge and direction to the student-athletes.

Academic Excellence
Seton Hall provides a comprehensive academic support program for its Student-Athletes. Specifically, the Office of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes provides tutoring, review sessions, study groups and writing development for Seton Hall student-athletes, as well as regular interaction with faculty.

Career Development
Seton Hall provides a comprehensive career development program for its student-athletes in conjunction with The Career Center at Seton Hall University. Components of the program range from resume writing and interviewing techniques, to the graduate school application processes, seminars from business leaders within the Seton Hall community and education on post-graduate scholarship opportunities.

Personal Development
Seton Hall provides several seminars on different personal topics throughout the year. Workshops vary from sports nutrition to hazing prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, and business etiquette.

Community Service
All Seton Hall Student-Athletes take pride in becoming involved in the community surrounding Seton Hall. Some of the continuing programs are the Pen Pal program with St. Francis Xavier School, Learn to Swim programs, The Boys and Girls Club of Newark Christmas Party, Dr. Seuss Day with Leaguers Head Start, visits to the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital, the Team Walker Toy Drive and a Peanut Butter and Jelly Challenge to benefit local soup kitchens. Teams and individuals are encouraged to initiate many programs beyond those listed.

The Coordinator for Student Athlete Development and Leadership is responsible for developing, organizing, and conducting Seton Hall's Life Skills program, which is designed to address the above areas and to enhance student-athlete welfare.

Life Skills workshops and seminars are offered to all student-athletes to assist them in bridging the gap between learning in the classroom, on the playing fields and functioning in the real world. Life Skills programming is based on surveys, conversations with students, suggestions from coaches and administrators, and other opportunities that present themselves. All events are scheduled at times that do not conflict with students' academic responsibilities or athletic commitments.

Life Skills programs are coordinated with academic support staff, faculty, The Career Center, the office of Community Development, counseling services, and other qualified outside parties as appropriate. Feedback is requested from students and appropriate follow-up may be scheduled.

It is expected that each team will have an opportunity to participate in Life Skills programs throughout the year.

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400 South Orange Avenue
Regan Athletics Center
South Orange, NJ 07079
Phone: (973) 761-9192 | Fax: (973) 761-9061


Name Title E-Mail
Laura Schoppmann Faculty Athletics Representative laura.schoppmann@shu.edu
Matthew Geibel Director / Academic Support Services matthew.geibel@shu.edu
Amanda DiDonato Associate Director / Academic Support Services amanda.didonato@shu.edu
Ryan Westman Assistant Director / Academic Support Services ryan.westman@shu.edu
Chelsea Schillizzi Graduate Assistant / Academic Support Services chelsea.schillizzi@student.shu.edu
Matthew Kane Graduate Assistant / Academic Support Services matthew.kane@student.shu.edu