ODU Complete Champions Program Kicks Off Fall Slate
By ODU Athletics
Norfolk, Va. – After a summer of planning, the ODU Complete Champions Program welcomed Monarch student-athletes back to campus with several events to kick off the new year. The newly named Complete Champions Program aligns closely with the department’s “Championship Effort” and provides holistic programming for all student-athletes in the areas of leadership, professional development, and life skills. The program seeks to develop “complete” student-athletes via various events and seminars throughout each academic year and also includes the department’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
To kick off fall programming, nearly 100 ODU freshmen student-athletes joined comedian and hypnotist, Keith Karkut, for a fun evening of Hypnotic Intoxication during the ODU Week of Welcome. The program featured comedy and hypnotism that promoted alcohol awareness and highlighted the dangers of alcohol use. The annual event was open to all freshmen and was sponsored by the ODU Health Promotion/ATOD Office.
Last week sophomore student-athletes had the privilege of participating in a financial literacy workshop entitled “Being Broke Ain’t Sexy” with guest speaker, Eric Smith. Split into two sessions of approximately 50 student-athletes each, the workshop focused on creating awareness of different forms of investing and savings theories. The workshop also featured interactive activities where students were given hypothetical incomes to create monthly budgets. The exercise emphasized the importance of properly planning how to spend money while remaining fiscally responsibility.
While sophomores planned their financial futures, ODU juniors and seniors participated in an educational Title IX seminar across campus, presented by Ragean Hill, who serves as the department’s Associate AD of Student-Athlete Academic Services, SWA, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The seminar featured an educational video on the history and progression of Title IX, and how it has expanded to cover a multitude of issues over the years. Following the video, student-athletes engaged in a positive dialogue with Hill regarding professionalism in the workplace. The conversation focused on examples of how to determine what conversations are appropriate in the workplace and how to avoid issues, while also protecting others.
Next up, junior and senior student-athletes will participate in Career Combine Training on September 19 with guest presenter, Jarrod Barnes. The event will prepare student-athletes for the department’s annual Career Combine in mid-October.