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Life Skills Program

In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division I-A Athletic Directors' Association, the Life Skills Program was created (

Canisius has implemented the Life Skills program to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to experience programs that increase their academic and personal successes. The program is designed to give the student-athletes the support and skills needed to become effective citizens, inspired leaders and motivated activists after their graduation from college. The Life Skills program focuses on five areas of commitment: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development and community service. To this means, the department of athletics, along with other campus offices, provides seminars on drug and alcohol education, public speaking, community service projects, career development, wellness and other topics.

As part of the Canisius College Life Skills program, two student-athletes are selected by the NCAA to attend the Student-Athlete Development Conference each year. The mission of the NCAA Student-Athlete Development Conference is to provide student-athlete leaders with a multitutde of challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable them to become agents of change on their campuses and in their communitites. As a result of participation, the student-athletes will enhance their communication skills, decision-making and problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills and collaborative skills.

Academic Excellence Athletic Excellence Career Development

To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation

  • Post-Graduate Scholarships
  • Academic Awards
  • Student-Athlete Development Conference

To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletics programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete.

Places significant importance on preparing student-athletes for a career following intercollegiate athletics. The program provides career exploration, introduces student-athletes to the job search process, networking opportunities, and assists with job placement.

Personal Development Community Service
Provides student-athletes the tools necessary in leading healthy lifestyles, encouraging personal growth and promoting physical and emotional well-being.

To engage the student-athlete in service to his/her campus and surrounding communities.

Realizing that Canisius student-athletes serve as role models to in the Buffalo area, the office of Academic Support Services, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, sponsors several community outreach projects. In this arena, Canisius student- athletes visit  schools and community agencies to speak to individuals throughout the Buffalo community about varying topics including the importance of education, staying in school and concentrating on their academics, becoming a Division I student-athlete, time-management, etc.