We are committed to the holistic development of our student-athletes. Life Skills fosters the cultivation of skills that prepare student-athletes for the ultimate competitive challenge: LIFE.
Our foundation of our Life Skills program is based on:
> Academic Excellence
The Center for the Academic Development of Student-Athletes (ADSA) and the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) provide a comprehensive academic support program for our student-athletes.
> Athletic Excellence
This component takes care of itself at SMU. From top-notch facilities to the most highly qualified staff, our student-athletes are provided the tools needed to compete at the highest level.
> Personal Development
We support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills. Our S.T.A.N.G.S. program will provide opportunities for personal development.
> Community Engagement
This component of the Life Skills program focuses on facilitating community outreach opportunities for student-athletes. This aspect gives SMU student-athletes a chance to make a difference and show their gratitude to the DFW communities that support them throughout their career. The S.T.A.N.G.S. program offers many outreach opportunities throughout the year.
> Career Development
We place a priority on preparing for life after intercollegiate sports. The S.T.A.N.G.S. program acquaints student-athletes with a career direction, provides networking opportunities, and ultimately assists with job placement.
The S.T.A.N.G.S. program provides all our student-athletes with a game plan for success while at SMU and after graduation.