Student-Athlete Development

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics implements Student-Athlete Development Programs designed to support and enhance the personal success of student-athletes off the playing field. These programs include but are not limited to: all FLIGHT programs for incoming student-athletes, career services programs, leadership training, etc.

Schedule of Events (Spring 2019)

Date Event Mandatory For Location Time
Jan 28 FLIGHT Freshman Student-Athletes DeBartolo Stadium Club 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 SAAC Meeting SAAC Members DeBartolo Stadium Club  8 p.m.
Jan. 30 Speaker: Nancy Clark TBD Kilcawley Center Chestnut Room  5 p.m.
Feb. 18 Speaker: Leroy Dixon All-Student Athletes TBD 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 SAAC Meeting SAAC Members Football Classrooms 8 p.m.
March 21 YESPYS All-Student Athletes DeYor Performing Arts Center 7 p.m.
April 15 FLIGHT Freshman Student-Athletes DeBartolo Stadium Club 7 p.m.
April 15 Junior Life After Sports Event Third-Year Student-Athletes Football Classrooms 7 p.m.
April 15 SAAC Meeting SAAC Members Football Classrooms 8 p.m.


It could be argued that just as "impossible" as it is for Penguins to fly, it is equally impossible for student-athletes to achieve high levels of wellness, become engaged in the campus community and develop their identity based on more than their performance and participation in athletics. With this challenge in mind, "The Flight" program has been designed specifically to encourage incoming student-athletes to go above and beyond athletic demands and focus on overall wellness and growth. All student-athletes will complete an orientation, monthly wellness workshops and participate in the annual Penguinfest event.

The Flight program is designed to bring together students with similar goals and interests, enabling them to build connections in and out of the classroom. Students live in a common area, enroll in classes together and participate in activities, which provide opportunities to grow and learn beyond the classroom or the athletic field.

Common Topics Include:

  1. U.S. Marines Leadership Training
  2. NCAA DISC Assessment
  3. Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
  4. Nutrition
  5. Tunnel of Oppression Diversity Training
  6. Social Media and Personal Branding
  7. Personal Goals Workshop