June 20, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics is set to begin its third-annual Summer Bridge Program, designed to help incoming student-athletes with their transition to the college prior to autumn semester. This summer, the program will host approximately 75 participating student-athletes, representing 18 different varsity teams.
The third-year program opens with a kick-off social event Wednesday evening. The first session is served to excite the incoming student-athletes and provide them with a fun atmosphere where they could make friends and acquaint themselves with campus and what it means to be a Buckeye.
“I can’t wait to introduce our next class of the SASSO Summer Bridge Program,” Adam Hatem, a facilitator of the Summer Bridge Program and SASSO academic counselor said. “This summer will be our largest group yet, which will allow us to expand our reach and impact a larger portion of the incoming student-athlete population.”
Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director; Janine Oman; SWA, Senior Associate AD, Student Services and Sport Administration; and Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, will speak at the opening session and provide words of wisdom and the keys to success as a Buckeye on campus.
Participants will meet weekly with an academic coach or learning specialist to learn about essential transitional skills and resources (i.e. Carmen, Canvas, GradesFirst, time management, classroom etiquette, and learning strategies). In addition, there will be workshops that will educate and assist student-athletes in understanding the importance of academic success. These sessions will emphasize SASSO’s commitment to a comprehensive program of academic and personal development for student-athletes. The incoming student-athletes will also give back to the community with one service event during the program.
Check back on OhioStateBuckeyes.com for weekly updates on the third-annual summer bridge program.