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National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS)


Associated Sports: All, College Athletics, High School Athletics
Associated Athletes: Nancy Lieberman, Eddie Robinson, Dean Smith, Muhammad Ali, Lee Elder, Julius Erving, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson,Thomas “Satch” Sanders, Colonel Lawrence Robert, Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr.
Causes Served: Athletics, Career, Children and Youth, Community, Disability Issues, Disaster Relief, Education, Health, Human Rights, Race & Equality, Womens Issues
Age Groups Served: All
Mailing Address: University of Central Florida PO Box 161400
City: Orlando
State/Province: Florida
Zip/Postal Code: 32816-1400
Country: United States
Phone: 407-823-4884
Email: jschneider@bus.ucf.edu
Website: http://www.ncasports.org/

The mission of the NCAS is to use the power of sport to affect positive social change. We educate and empower individuals and organizations by inspiring values‐based thinking leading to actions that promote social responsibility and equality.

The NCAS evolved in response to the need to “keep the student in the student-athlete.” Since its inception in 1985, NCAS member institutions have proven to be effective advocates for balancing academics and athletics. The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community addressing social issues.

NCAS members are entitled to a variety of programs and services offered at exclusively discounted rates that center around leadership, education and community service. NCAS programs focus on topics ranging from diversity management training, gender violence prevention, alcohol abuse education, outreach, degree completion, and student-athlete recognition.

>Mentors in Violence Prevention

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) National Program, co‐created by Jackson Katz in 1993, is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of men’s violence against women. MVP National is the premier program in the country working with athletic groups on these issues. The multi‐racial, mixed gender MVP National Program is the first large‐scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the fight against this violence.

>Branded a Leader

Branded A Leader (BAL) is a leadership program that teaches critical decision-making skills to student-athletes while challenging them to be responsible for their decisions and those of their teammates. BAL is a highly interactive training program that engages student-athletes in unusually effective ways.

>Teamwork Leadership Institute

The mission of TEAMWORK Leadership Institute (TLI) is to help senior administrators and athletic department staffs, through the provision of diversity training services, apply the principles of teamwork to all areas of athletic departments. TLI provides diversity training to organizations across the United States, focusing primarily on college and university administrations and athletic departments. TLI fosters a safe environment for participants to discuss issues of race, ethnicity and gender. As a member of the NCAS, each college and university is offered TLI.

>Degree Completion Program

Members of the NCAS are asked to commit to being active in the Degree Completion and Community Service Programs (DCP) for former student-athletes. In the past 23 years, more than 29,861 student-athletes have returned to schools to complete their degrees after their eligibility expired, including 399 Olympians and 9,593 professional athletes. As of 2009, 13,731 had graduated.

>National Student Athlete Day

National STUDENT-Athlete Day, a program of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), has been celebrated annually on April 6 since 1987.

National STUDENT-Athlete Day celebrates the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have excelled in academics (3.0 GPA or above) and athletics while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities.

>Hope for Stanley Alliance

In conjunction with the DeVos Program (both located at the University of Central Florida), launched the Hope for Stanley Alliance in 2006, dedicated to helping the survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and lives in New Orleans. The mission of the Hope for Stanley Alliance is to provide people in sports with volunteer opportunities in areas affected by natural disasters.

> Scholar-Baller™

In 1995, Scholar-Baller™ developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes’ passion for entertainment and athletics. In 2006, the NCAS partnered with Scholar-Baller™ to offer NCAS members access to Scholar-Baller™ at a discounted rate.

>Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, Camera, Action! is produced exclusively for NCAS by Network TV veteran Ed Berliner. The program is designed to instruct student-athletes as well as university administration, staff and faculty on how to properly deal with all factions of media coverage with attention paid to insuring the University is always presented and judged in a fair and positive manner by the media and the general public.