Student-Athlete Affairs

NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs

The NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs unit provides life skills support in the areas of academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service through the distribution of accessible resources, strategic partnerships and customized programming at little or no expense to member institutions. Student-Athlete Affairs programs, resources and events are designed to promote the well-being and development of student-athletes and to provide on-going education and training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs.

Athletic Excellence

  • Rochelle Athletic Center (RAC): Upon its opening on 31 August 2001, the RAC ushered in a new era in University of Wyoming Athletics. The RAC will serve to meet the academic and athletic needs of all 17 University of Wyoming intercollegiate sports. Containing 46,140 square feet, the state-of-the-art facility houses: a 4,470 square foot academic and counseling center; a 4,829 square foot sports medicine facility; a 5,697 square foot locker room for the Cowboy Football team; and an 8,633 square foot strength and conditioning area.

  • Athletic Eligibility Monitoring: The Academic Support Services staff works with the Faculty Athletic Representative, Registrar, and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance to monitor the student-athlete's athletic eligibility in accordance with University, Mountain West Conference and NCAA requirements.

    Personal Development

  • Academic Support: Our staff is concerned with the personal well being and development of student-athletes. We encourage individuals to share any concerns or problems with a member of our staff. Furthermore, appropriate referrals can be made for student-athletes seeking additional services.

  • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC): SAAC was created to facilitate greater interaction between athletics administration and the student-athlete. This relationship helps enhance the student-athlete's ability to deal with the increased challenges presented in being both a student and an athlete.

    Career Development

  • Campus Resources: Academic Support Services works with Career Services to provide development, job, and internship placement specifically for student-athletes.
  • Self-Assessment: Counselors help student-athletes clarify career interests, values, and work related skills.
  • Career Development Workshops: Staff members will conduct workshops to help students develop resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.
  • Job Search Strategies: With the assistance of Career Services, students learn how to make personal business contacts and to search the internet for job openings.

    Commitment to Service

    The purpose of this area of Student-Athlete Affairs is to introduce the student-athlete to the benefits of investing in others' lives. Through community outreach, student-athletes are instilled with a life-long spirit of giving. Through participating in various community service events, student-athletes have the opportunity to:

  • Enhance their interpersonal skills
  • Develop a stronger sense of belonging
  • Practice leadership skills
  • Learn the value of being versatile
  • Have fun
  • Community service helps students look beyond the campus environment and broaden their views of our world today. It also helps the student-athletes help make a difference in the Laramie community.
  • University of Wyoming student-athletes work with various organization and schools in the Laramie community. The activities that the students are involved with include collecting food for the Salvation Army to reading at local schools.

    S.A.D.D.L.E. Cup Trophy Competition
    The S.A.D.D.L.E. Cup Trophy is awarded to the team that demonstrates the greatest commitment to the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs program. Scores are determined based on a team's athletics performance, academic accomplishments, service to others, commitment to career development and efforts in personal development. Points are awarded for participation in activities such as workshops, resume creation, volunteer service and screenings. Each year, the winning team is presented with the Cowboy CHAMPS Cup traveling saddle trophy. This saddle was made exclusively for this competition. The original idea for the saddle as the trophy originated with SAAC, who saw it as a symbol of the spirit of Wyoming.

    S.A.D.D.L.E. Cup Home Page

    Program of Excellence
    In the 2005-06 season, the University of Wyoming was awarded the Program of Excellence Award by the Division I Athletic Director's Association. The Program of Excellence is awarded to Division 1A CHAMPS programs that have displayed a highly effective and pervasive program benefiting their student-athletes in the five components of the CHAMPS program. This national award recognizes UW's excellence in all areas of student-athlete development.

    CHAMPS Program of Excellence award

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