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 and conference offices have joined the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program each year.
Today, the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs department provides life skills support in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service through the distribution of accessible resources, strategic programming and customized programming.
NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs