right: former all-SEC volleyball standout Yarleen Santiago was a regular
participant in many of the community service programs offered as a part
of the CHAMPS/LifeSkills program at Arkansas.
The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is designed to provide student-athletes
with the education and experiences to assist them in bridging the gap
from college life to professional life in the work world and also to make
meaningful contributions to their communities. It is based on the premise
that student-athletes, by virtue of their involvement in athletics, have
a difficult time accessing campus-wide student activities, programming
CHAMPS utilizes a five-point program of learning that
focuses on academic excellence, athletics excellence, personal development,
service and career development.
1. Academic Excellence - To support the academic progress
of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
2. Athletic Excellence - To build foundations for
the development of athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and
dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete.
3. Personal Development - To support the development
of a well-balanced life-style for student-athletes, encouraging emotional
well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills.
4. Commitment to Service - To engage the student-athlete
in service to her campus and surrounding communities.
5. Career Development - To encourage the student-athlete
to develop and pursue career and life goals.