The Ohio State Department of Athletics launched its’ fifth year of the Summer Bridge Program this week, designed to foster a successful transition to college ahead of the autumn semester. Over 80 student-athletes are participating in the program across 19 different varsity sports.
The SASSO Summer Bridge program assists incoming student-athletes in their transition to Ohio State. Participants meet weekly with a learning specialist or counselor to learn about essential transitional skills and resources (i.e. Carmen/Canvas, OnCourse, time management, classroom etiquette, and learning strategies). Also throughout the summer this cohort of students will attend educational sessions that cover topics such as, Title IX/Alcohol Education, Academic Misconduct & Integrity, and Handling Common Student-Athlete Scenarios.
“Summer courses and programs present an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with their teammates, coaches, and support staff,” Derek Cowherd, Sr. Associate Athletics Director & Executive Director of SASSO, said. “Our Summer Bridge Program seeks to familiarize student-athletes with knowledge of the greater campus, its resources, and challenge them to strive for academic and athletic excellence while improving their student experience.”
The group met for the first time on Thursday at the Younkin Success Center. Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, opened the program by presenting the group with the top three goals for student-athletes to have during their time at Ohio State: 1)Get your degree, 2)Be a part of a championship program, and 3)Grow as a person.
Dr. Beth Hume, Vice Provost for Student Academic Success & Dean of Undergraduate Education, also stopped by the Younkin Success Center and offered a top-3 list. She challenged the incoming student-athletes to 1)Work hard, 2)Do good, and 3)Be nice.
“It was great to see how eager this group of freshmen are to begin their collegiate experience at Ohio State,” Adam Hatem, Assistant Director of SASSO, said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know them throughout the SASSO Summer Bridge Program.”
At the conclusion of the summer term, student-athletes in the program will develop an understanding of both SASSO and the technological advances used in the classroom. Most importantly, they will learn how to address the varying challenges student-athletes face on a college campus to successfully become acclimated to life as an Ohio State student-athlete before the autumn term begins.
Check back right here on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for updates on the fifth annual Summer Bridge Program.