NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs (SAA) 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 1A Athletic Directors' Association, the SAA, formerly known as CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) was created (

Marist has implemented the SAA 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 SAA 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 provides seminars on Violence Prevention, Drug & Alcohol Education, Nutrition & Eating Disorders, Career Development, a Faculty & Peer Mentor Program, and Community Service projects.

As part of the Marist College SAA Program two student-athletes are selected by the NCAA to attend the Foundation Leadership Conference each year. The mission of the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is to provide student-athlete leaders with a multitude of challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable them to become agents of change on their campuses and in their communities. 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.

For further information about the Student-Athlete Affairs Program at Marist and ways that we can assist you, feel free to contact Ali Kenney, Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement at ext. 6302,

Red Fox Challenge

As part of its Life Skills program, Marist's Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement sponsors the Red Fox Challenge each semester. The challenge is a program in which teams compete against one another in an effort to develop the skills essential to becoming effective citizens, inspired leaders and motivated activists. Teams earn points for the following areas of development:

  • Athletes Supporting Athletes - created to promote support amongst teams and individual student-athletes

  • Community Service - refers to the expectation of service to the community and is a vital part of the Marist athletic experience