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.
New Student-Athlete/Welcome Back Orientation – 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.
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.
Community Service Opportunities – Throughout the academic year the SAAS office will provide student-athletes and teams opportunities to give back to the community and other organizations.
Academic Achievement Recognition Program (3.0/4.0 Club) – Awarded to those student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 or higher semester GPA or perfect 4.0 semester GPA term in the previous semester. The office of SAAS will recognize and award the student-athlete with a GPA 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.
Academic MVP's of the Month – One female and one male student-athlete will be recognized each month and showcased on our website and social media sites. Those chosen exemplify what it means to be both a student and an athlete and have consistenly excelled and/or showed growth in the classroom.
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.