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Life Skills Program for Student Athletes

What is the Life Skills Program?

The program was developed by the NCAA to better prepare student-athletes to meet the challenges of life beyond the playing field. It is committed to providing support for the Student -Athlete's development in five areas. Each area has a commitment statement which outlines the support provided.

"The mission of the Life Skills Program is to provide a systematic personal development program designed to reach each student-athlete based on his or her individual needs. The focus of the program is on the individual as a whole person, academically, athletically and emotionally and on the changing needs of that individual during college and in the years after graduation"
- The NCCA Foundation Life Skills Program Commitment Statements

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 athletics 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, leadership, 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/her campus and surrounding communities.

At NEVADA, the program will provide programs and guidance to address the five commitments.

Personal Development:

  • Time Management
  • Stress management
  • Leadership
  • Integrity Development
  • Managing Interpersonal Relationships

Career Development:

  • Career Exploration
    • Assistance in Academic and Career Decision Making
    • Provision of Career Exploration Resources
  • Job Search Guidance
    • Resume Writing and Critique
    • Interview Skills and Mock Interview
  • Graduate School Guidance
  • How to Research Schools and Programs
  • Application Steps

Community Service:

  • Nevada prides itself on its student-athletes not only for their excellence in their sport but their dedication to supporting the people of the Reno/Sparks area.
  • Through community service the student-athlete gains many competencies that apply to the world outside of athletics, experiences the satisfaction of giving to others or community service projects.
  • Last year, the Wolf Pack logged in more than 2400 community service hours.
  • The Athletes help with sports camps and clinics, elementary schools and various events that support the citizens in the community such as the Race for the Cure, Washoe County Habitat for Humanity, food banks and soup kitchens.
Student-Athlete of the Week Athlete of the Week

May 16  - May 22

Jordan Pearce


Sophomore Jordan Pearce led the Nevada baseball team to a 3-1 week with an extra-innings nonconference win over Grand Canyon and a rivalry series victory over UNLV. On the week, Pearce batted .429 with six hits, nine RBI, four runs, one double, two triples and one home run. Pearce’s efforts helped Nevada clinch Governor’s Series points in baseball for the second straight season.

View all 2015-16 honorees.


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