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Nov. 10, 1997

M.S.Unity in the Community

Spartan Student-Athletes To Spend Week Reaching Out To Local School Children

Over 70 Michigan State University student-athletes will spend the week at local elementary schools as part of the M.S.Unity In The Community week. Spartan athletes will travel to eight different schools to promote the importance of academic and personal accomplishment. The program is expected to reach 1,273 local school children.

The outreach program, coordinated by Kevin Carr, MSU's Life Skills Coordinator, provides MSU student-athletes with the opportunity to become involved in outreach as volunteers, while positively impacting youth.

The MSU program is being developed after the NCAA CHAMPS/LIFE SKILLS model which focuses on the student-athlete as a whole person - academically, athletically and emotionally. The program was designed to help prepare the student-athlete for "life beyond the playing field" and is based on each individual's needs.

There are five components to the program, each one necessary for personal growth. MSU student-athletes will present and relate these concepts to the area children in an assembly format at each school.

    Career development
    Academic achievement
    Athletic achievement
    Personal development

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