February 16, 2000
ORLANDO, Fla -
The University of Louisville Athletic Department recently received two honors at the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Annual Convention at Disney World in Orlando. U of L was recognized as a member of the NCAS Outreach and Community Service Honor Roll and the NCAS Degree Completion Program Honor Roll.
"I want to be a very proactive, well-rounded and comprehensive athletic department," said Athletic Director Tom Jurich. "Having increased presence in the community is a huge priority for us. What we do off the field, off the court and outside the playing arena is as important to me as to what we do in competition. That is where I think we can make a huge contribution to society, and pay back the Louisville community."
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) was created in 1985 with a mission to create a better society by focusing on educational attainment and using the power and appeal of sport to positively affect social change in our communities. The NCAS, which now includes a membership of 188 colleges and universities nationwide, has instituted a series of programs aimed at helping to assure a meaningful education for current, future and former student-athletes, while providing a variety of programs to help the youth in our communities.
As members of the NCAS, institutions develop Outreach and Community Service programs with current student-athletes and former student-athletes participating in the Degree Completion Program. The U of L Athletic Department completed over 3,100 hours of community service during the 1998-99 academic year, an increase of more than 200% from the previous year.
The Degree Completion Program assists former college student-athletes, current and former professional athletes and Olympians who were unable to complete their college degree requirements. When colleges and universities become members of the NCAS, they agree to invite their former student-athletes, who competed in revenue sports, back to complete their degrees at no cost. In exchange for this tuition assistance, these former student-athletes are required to provide outreach and community service.
The U of L Athletic Department's community outreach program, CardsCARE (CARE an acronym for Community Action Response Effort), is a total athletic department commitment involving administrators, coaches, staff and student-athletes. Student-athletes and staff have been involved with more than 40 organizations and activities throughout the greater Louisville area.
Some of those include: the American Heart Association Walk, Jewish Hospital, DARE to CARE, the Muhammad Ali Youth Football League, the Boys and Girls Club, 100 Black Men of Louisville, the Tiger Woods Golf Clinic, Special Olympics, Jefferson County Public Schools, the YMCA and the Louisville AIDS Walk.