The term student-athlete was coined in 1950 by former Executive Director of the NCAA Walter Byres as a way to protect the NCAA against compensating collegiate athletes. Both secondary and post-secondary institutions have used the term as a way to promote regulations on an athletes time, academic performance, and resources they can accept for participation in sports.
Reports suggest eight million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States. Of this population, approximately 480,000 will compete as NCAA athletes, and less than 1% of this population will move on to compete at the professional or Olympic level. Regardless of a student-athletes athletic journey, they should be equipped with tools to pivot to a career, education, or athletic pursuit successfully.
To assist in these crucial efforts, the T. Alexander Foundation partners with school districts to serve as a Student-Athlete Resource (SAR). In the capacity of SAR, we serve as a trusted advisor to athletic directors, school counselors, and communities on student-athlete matters.
How it works:
Facilitate holistic workshops that ensure student-athletes are properly developing in the classroom, community, athletics, and life.
Provide relevant and reliable resources to families, teachers, and administrators on recent developments within secondary and post-secondary athletics.
Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes towards the various post-secondary admission/scholarship requirements.
Partner with certified mental health professionals to emotionally support student-athletes in the transition.
Student-athletes are subjected to academic and athletic requirements that differ from the general student in High School.
The improvement of student-athlete outcomes - attendance, level of readiness, and academic performance- measures the effectiveness of SAR. Not the number of Division I athletes produced!