"Student-Athletes Gliding to Success"

UNCW CHAMPS/Life Skills Program

UNCW CHAMPS/Life Skills Program History 

Through a collaborative university effort, educational support services for student athletes are offered that focuses on the following five commitment areas in accordance with the NCAA that are viewed as critical to personal growth:

Commitment to Academic Excellence
To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.        

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. 

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. 

Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals. 

Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities.

The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is designed to provide student-athletes with the education and the experiences to assist them in bridging the gap from college life to professional life in the work world and also to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

The NCAA has worked with its member institutions and educational consultants to create instructional materials and program models to address the needs of today’s student-athletes. Topics such as diversity education, developing sexual responsibility, nutrition, eating disorder prevention and awareness, time management, community service and career development are just a few of the areas covered within the curriculum.

A freshman seminar course is designed to assist student-athletes in making the transition to college, this seminar focuses on college-level study skills, time management, awareness of available university services, etc. It is open only to entering freshmen and generates two hours of elective credit toward graduation.


NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program History

In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) was created.

In 1994, after several years of development by the NCAA Foundation, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was launched to the  NCAA membership. That summer 46 NCAA institutions participated in the first orientation for administrators from around the country. Since then, approximately 40 member institutions have joined the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program each year.

Today, the NCAA Education Outreach staff oversees the development of the program, offering services, support and programs to participating institutions throughout the year. The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is supported through the promotional and financial efforts of the NCAA Leadership Advisory Board and the NCAA national office. To access the full NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills history page click here.

With student-athlete welfare in mind, the Department of Athletics initiated WINGTIPS – “Student-Athletes Gliding to Success”. To help prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field, the UNCW CHAMPS/Life Skills program provides a comprehensive approach to the overall academic and personal development of student-athletes.