Monarchs Wrap Up Action Packed January with Complete Champions Program Doubleheader
By ODU Athletics
Norfolk, Va. – The ODU Student-Athlete Development program finished out a strong January to kick-off the Spring 2019 semester, closing out the month with a freshmen/senior double-header last Wednesday night. The Monarchs welcomed back a familiar face in Eric Smith, of the EKS Group, and a new face with Frances Reimers, CEO of Firestarter. Seniors split into two groups, both of which underwent an hour-long session Eric Smith at the Jacobson Athletic Academic Center at Jim Jarrett to explore financial literacy topics such budgeting, analyzing salaries in different areas of the country, and much more to help transition into their professional careers. Across campus, freshmen student-athletes split into two sessions for a presentation on personal branding and social media responsibility with Reimers at the LR Hill Sports Complex. Students learned the do’s and do not’s of social media and how to use different digital platforms to increase their personal brand. Students actively engaged and learned a lot from both sessions. Between the two events, over 200 Monarch student-athletes participated to continue building their professional skillsets off the field.
Earlier in January, junior student-athletes underwent a Title IX/Sexual Assault training through the One Love organization, facilitated by Ragean Hill, Kristin Eden, and other staff members. The family of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student-athlete who was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, founded the One Love organization in 2010. The organization works to ensure everyone understands the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship. The training marks the third session of its kind this year, with now all returning student-athletes having undergone the facilitation. After watching a 40-minute video, students worked in groups to discuss the heavy material and reported out to share their thoughts and feelings.
Overall, the events successfully wrapped up a busy month for the department. The month of February will focus on more professional development as the Complete Champions Program will host the annual Sophomore Resume Rush on February 13, Senior Mock Interviews on February 20, and a new program on February 27, Monarch Futures, which will help junior student-athletes explore different options post-graduation. For more information, be sure to follow @ODUPride on Twitter.