NCAA Champs/Life Skills Program

The mission of the Sacramento State CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) is to maintain student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the community as a whole. The Life Skills Program is designed to focus on the comprehensive development of the student-athlete and to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field.

Commitment to Academic Excellence

To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation. Sacramento State student-athletes have access to advising, tutoring, mentoring, computing, and study space through the Student-Athlete Resource Center (Lassen Hall 3002 & 3004). The Student-Athlete Resource Center's advising program provides advising for student-athletes in general education, NCAA and Big Sky Conference continuing-eligibility advising, priority registration, student-athlete orientation programming, NCAA academic scholarship information and referral to the various academic support programs on campus (major departments and advising, graduate studies, computer labs, the University Library, etc.). The Student-Athlete Academic & Life Skills Lab (Lassen Hall 3002) provides access to a student-athlete-only computer lab, group and individual study areas, tutorial support and referral to campus support programs.

Commitment to Athletic Excellence

To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete. Sacramento State, a NCAA Division IAA member, conducts a competitive 20 sport (11 women's & 9 men's) intercollegiate athletic program supporting over 400 student-athletes. A member of the highly regarded Big Sky Conference, Sacramento State is also an affiliate of the Western Athletic Conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. Sacramento State is committed to full compliance with Title IX requirements and to providing a program that welcomes diversity.

Commitment to Personal Development

To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills. Sacramento State is committed to providing student-athletes with the resources and information to help them become responsible and conscientious young men and women. This includes but is not limited to educational programs related to alcohol and other drugs, access to information and/or presentations related to nutrition, sexual responsibility, diversity, media relations, violence prevention and freshman seminar experiences that include the topics of: adjustment to college life, money management, student services, communication skills, appreciating diversity, recognizing and dealing with stress, developing a personal set of values, and many more.

Commitment to Career Development

To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals. Sacramento State student-athletes are introduced to The Career Center through their orientation and freshman seminar experiences. Representatives from various businesses make presentations to student-athletes regarding employment opportunities. Student-athletes are encouraged to attend career and major fairs on campus and to continue to utilize The Career Center.

Commitment to Service

To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities. Sacramento State Athletics promotes service as a valuable and instrumental part of the student-athlete experience. Student-athletes are introduced to the value of service through Read Across America, the Ticket to College program, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee activities and through individual team service projects.