NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program

–>The Ohio State University’s CHAMPS Life Skills Program is a “life skill” approach to providing support to all student-athletes. The philosophy of the program is to address the student-athlete as a whole person, not just as a student or athlete. During the college years, every student-athlete is confronted with a variety of developmental challenges. The program is designed to address these challenges. The CHAMPS program provides a well-rounded, multi-perspective program for all student-athletes to develop the skills necessary to lead successful, productive lives, and become leaders of, and contributors to life.

With this in mind, the Ohio State CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was created to support the student-athlete development initiatives of NCAA member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education.


In the process of achieving this mission, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program will:

           Promote student-athletes’ ownership of their academic, athletic, career, personal and community responsibilities. Click here to learn how.

           Meet the changing needs of student-athletes.

           Promote respect for diversity and inclusion among student-athletes.

           Assist student-athletes in identifying and applying transferable skills.

           Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions and their communities for the purpose of education.

           Foster an environment that encourages student-athletes to effectively access campus resources.

           Encourage the development of character, integrity and leadership skills.

The Ohio State University CHAMPS Life Skills Program has experienced a fruitful history. OSU is a leader at the National, Conference, and university levels, earning many awards and recognition in support of CHAMPS programming. The National Consortium for Academics and Sport awarded Ohio State the prestigious Degree Completion Award, and the NCAA has designated Ohio State as an advisory school to the CHAMPS Life Skills Program. The Buckeye program also holds a seat on the Division 1-A Athletic Directors Associations’ CHAMPS Life Skills Program’s Advisory Board and NCAA Life Skills Advisory Board.

The OSU Champs Program is an inaugural recipient of the Division 1-A Athletic Directors “Program of Excellence Award”

Contact Ohio State’s CHAMPS Coordinator, Tooti Snider

For More information on the NCAA CHAMPS/LIFE SKILLS Program, please log onto the NCAA CHAMPS/LIFE SKILLS WEBSITE