Penn State Behrend Student Athlete Affairs Life Skills Program
The Student Athlete Affairs program started at Penn State Behrend in 2002 and is supported by the NCAA. The program is funded by PSB Athletics and the NCAA; there is a limited budget but Student Athlete Affairs manages to get what they need because the Behrend administration is very willing to help student-athletes. The coaching staff is very supportive. Student athletes have been receptive to programming; a trend which Athletics hopes will continue. The program was developed to enhance the student-athlete's intellectual development and preparation for success in life, to meet the needs of student-athletes, promote respect for diversity, and build self esteem.
Student Athlete Affairs is administered by a committee of the Athletic Director, Student Athlete Affairs Coordinator, and a contingent of Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) members. SAAC is a committee made up of athletes from all varsity sports.
Student Athlete Affairs (formally known as CHAMPS) was created in 1991 by the NCAA Foundation and Division 1A Athletics Directors Association and later offered to all NCAA members in 1994. Student Athlete Affairs is overseen by the NCAA Education Outreach staff.
The NCAA provides resources and grants to address each of the five disciplines listed in the purpose statement. At PSB, Student Athlete Affairs committee members determine the needs of the student athletes and develop programming to affect the students positively.
Purpose: Development of life skills in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development, and commitment to service.
The Needs Assessment Survey is a tool that student-athletes can use to help determine and prioritize upcoming Student Athlete Affairs programming. Below is a link to the survey. Please be sure to complete the entire survey and select Penn State Erie, The Behrend College from the drop down menu. The link to the survey will be open through Nov. 3.