The mission of the athletic program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is to operate within the perspective of the overall educational program of the University. A balanced program, promoting a total person concept, provides our student-athletes with the necessary tools to be successful in academic, athletic and social settings. In order to achieve this mission, we have implemented the Charlotte 49ers Life Skills Program to help guide our student-athletes toward well-rounded personal success.
The purpose of the Life Skills Program is to increase student-athletes' opportunities for success in life beyond sport. The program is a comprehensive approach to providing educational experiences, programming, and services which focus on the individual. The program is comprised of five areas:
1. Commitment to Academic Excellence
2. Commitment to Athletic Excellence
3. Commitment to Personal Development
4. Commitment to Career Development
5. Commitment to Service
Through the support and efforts of the athletic department, coaches, teams, and individuals across campus, the Charlotte 49ers Life Skills Program has grown tremendously since its inception in 1999. Numerous programs and workshops have been developed to support all student-athletes in their efforts to achieve total excellence in these areas. In order to fulfill the departmental requirement, student-athletes must attend a minimum number of programs/workshops each year. A variety of topics are covered which enables the student-athlete to determine what types of programming best fit his/her individual needs.
The demands of integrating athletics competition, academic success, and personal growth along with student life are challenging. Charlotte is committed to the total development of its student-athletes and the Charlotte 49ers Life Skills Program helps to achieve that goal.