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Welcome to Athletic Mentoring/Champs Life Skills

Welcome to the online home of Athletic Mentoring and Champs Life Skills. This site contains information about Athletic Mentoring at Mansfield University, and the Champs Life Skills Program. Also, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is run in conjunction with Athletic Mentoring and Champs Life Skills.


Deb Rotella serves as the advisor for Athletic Mentoring, Champs Life Skills, and SAAC. View the link in the left menu of this page for more information on Ms. Rotella.


Also linked on the left menu of the page are recent events that Champs Life Skills and SAAC have organized or participated in. Feel free to browse the photo journals of our 2005-06 events.


Throughout the academic year, all SAAC events will be posted here on the website.


What is Athletic Mentoring?

Student-athletes can look toward the Athletic Academic Advisor (Ms. Rotella) for guidance in developing and achieving their academic and career goals. Through individual and group advising, this program assists student-athletes in establishing necessary links to various university resources provided by the Academic and Human Development Department. Referrals are also made to auxiliary services such as Financial Aid, Student Records, and the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs. 

The mission of the Athletic Mentoring Program is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body.  With this in mind, the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was implemented a Mansfield University to support the student development initiates and to enhance the quality of the student-athletes experience within the university setting.  The Athletic Mentoring Program/ CHAMPS Life Skills, supports student-athletesí development in the following four areas:   academic, personal, career, and community service.

Commitment to Academic Excellence

To support the academic progress of the student-athletes toward intellectual development and graduation.

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. Below are some links to more information about career development.

Commitment to Service

To engage the student-athlete in service to his/her campus and surrounding communities. Most student-athletes will partake in some form of community service while participating in Intercollegiate Athletics. View the events section to the left to see past service events.







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