NCAA Connect Group Visits Central Michigan Campus

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Employees of the NCAA visited Central Michigan University this week to meet with administrators, coaches and student-athletes as part of a new program called NCAA Connect: Enhancing Relationships.

This NCAA program is a new initiative to create mutually beneficial and positive engagements between the national office and its member schools, and provide a forum for both parties to share their respective roles in intercollegiate athletics and their commitment to the common goal of enhancing the student-athlete model.

The NCAA group is also visiting the campuses of Saginaw Valley State University and Calvin College this week.

“The purpose of the program is two-fold: first, we believe the program will provide an opportunity for staff to interact with the membership we serve and personalize the mission of the Association,” said David Schnase, NCAA managing director of academic and membership affairs. “Second, we hope the experience will add value to the institutions serving as hosts by developing relationships with NCAA staff and having NCAA staff share their experiences and insights.”

“To date, the feedback from both the hosts and participants has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to reaching even more staff and members in the future.”

The pilot program, launched in early 2013, made its first official trip during the fall to Southern California where participants visited the University of Southern California and the Claremont Consortium. During the visits, NCAA team members shadow administrators, attend meetings and observe practices and competitions.

“We were pleased to participate in the NCAA Connect program,” said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke.  “Our staff and student-athletes enjoyed the an opportunity to meet with NCAA staff and talk about all that goes into managing a Division I program, from an administrative and student-athlete perspective.  I believe the exchange was valuable to everyone who took part in this opportunity.”

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