Our office focuses on holistically preparing student-athletes for a professional career beyond athletics and acquiring transferable skills that they may apply to their academic, athletic, and professional lives. All student-athletes are required to attend and participate in social, wellness, life skills, and diversity programming throughout the academic year; using the mobile app GAMEPLAN or through workshops/events headed by our office.
New Student-Athlete/Welcome Back Orientation – New student-athlete/welcome back orientation is held on the first Wednesday after the first day of the fall semester. The office of SAAS, athletics administration, compliance, and the Faculty Athletic Representative meet with incoming student-athletes to discuss the policies and expectations of being a student-athlete at Loyola University Chicago. This is an opportunity to field questions to appropriate partners while promoting intra-sport dialogue and community amongst student-athletes.
GAMEPLAN – Is an app focused on student-athlete development through extensive life skills modules; making it possible for student-athletes to complete short educational workshops on their own time. Not only are NCAA required life skill workshops available on the app, but SAAS has also tailored modules for student-athlete depending on their class (freshman, sophomore, etc.). The app also helps student-athletes keep track of their activities throughout their time on campus, helps with building a resumé, and has tools, assignments, and assessments that will help to prepare student-athletes during their time at Loyola and also for a future career after they graduate.
Rambler Cup – Rambler Cup is an athletic department-wide competition with a team crowned champions each calendar year. It emphasizes the importance of student-athletes supporting their fellow student-athletes in competitions, community service, academic achievements, sporting achievements, and participation in student development events hosted by our office, SAAS. This competition was created to promote the five core values of the NCAA Life Skills Program.
National Student-Athlete Day of Service – National Student-Athlete Day is recognized nationally on April 6th but is celebrated on and around that day at NCAA colleges and universities. National Student-Athlete Day recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes nationwide who excel in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in their communities. The day was created by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and the Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sport in Society, with partnership from the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations1.
During the first week of April SAAS in partnership with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), celebrates National Student-Athlete Day. Refreshments are provided in recognition of our student-athletes and their academic accomplishments, but more importantly, it is an opportunity for student-athletes to come together as an entire athletic department and serve the community. Our student-athletes roll up their sleeves and participate in our annual “Sandwich-a-thon” event, where they prepare sandwiches along with cards for those less fortunate. We have aptly renamed the day National Student-Athlete Day of Service.
Academic Achievement Recognition Program – Awarded to those student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 or better term in the previous semester. The office of SAAS will recognize and award the student-athlete with a GPA color specific t-shirt. This public recognition of academic success will take place in the following semester during specified halftime at a men's or women's basketball home game. This program seeks to establish a visual and tangible recognition of our student-athletes’ academic prowess.
Student-Athlete of the Semester – One female and one male student-athlete will be recognized each semester and showcased on our website. Those chosen exemplify what it means to fully embody the philosophy of magis (more). This selection will take into account a student-athletes academic and athletic accomplishments, community service and sportsmanship.
THE GOLDIES – Is the Athletic department's annual award ceremony and banquet which honors student-athletes and teams who have excelled in the sporting arena and academically during the school year. The GOLDIES takes place at the conclusion of the academic year during the last week of April.