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ATHLETIC ACADEMIC SERVICES LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Red Raider Life Skills makes it a priority to give back to the supportive community of Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech Student-Athletes completed 1400 hours in community service in the 2009-2010 academic year. This year we are hoping to top that number with more events benefiting special organizations such as Special Olympics, Lubbock Women's Protective Services, and South Plains Food Bank. Our continued partnership with Special Olympics continues to strengthen with more and more student-athletes volunteering in their programs.

This year SAAC Officers decided to create a special event called "Movie Night". Texas Tech Student-Athletes sold tickets to "Stars And Stripes Drive-In" Movie Theater to help raise money for Lubbock's Women's Protective Services (WPS). In addition to the Movie Night, we accepted clothing donations from the athletic department as well. We collected multiple boxes of clothing which was all donated to WPS.

Here is a list of organizations where Texas Tech student-athletes visited for community service this past year:

• Lubbock YWCA
• Big Brother/Big Sister Organization
• Susan G. Komen Foundation
• South Plains Food Bank
• Ronald McDonald House
• Lubbock Women's Protective Services
• Casa de South Plains
• Salvation Army
• American Cancer Society
• Habitat for Humanity
• Covenant Women's and Children Hospital
• Carillon Retirement Community
• Red Raider Academy
• Texas Tech University IDEAL Program
• Texas Tech University Student Housing department
• Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business
• Texas Tech University Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Texas Tech University Center for Prevention and Resiliency
• Texas Tech University F.I.T Tech
• Various church organizations and groups
• Various LISD schools
• Special Olympics Texas

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Red Raider Life Skills makes it a priority to give back to the supportive community of Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech Student-Athletes completed 1400 hours in community service in the 2009-2010 academic year. This year we are hoping to top that number with more events benefiting special organizations such as Special Olympics, Lubbock Women's Protective Services, and South Plains Food Bank. Our continued partnership with Special Olympics continues to strengthen with more and more student-athletes volunteering in their programs.

The transition from Student-Athlete to business professional can be difficult. Red Raider Life Skills strives to maintain a successful partnership with the University Career Services (UCS) in an effort to better prepare our Student-Athletes for life post graduation. Therefore, UCS and Red Raider Life Skills put together various events for our student-athletes throughout the academic year.

In the spring semester, we are holding our second annual "What Not to Wear" and Etiquette Dinner on March 3, 2011. This program is designed to inform upperclassmen on the appropriate attire to wear to an interview. Also, we teach them proper etiquette rules to remember while dining with a prospective employer. Clothing samples for male and female student-athletes will be provided as well as tips on grooming, hygiene, and hair styles. They will also learn about sexual harassment in the workplace, identifying and dealing with female/male privilege, and workplace violence.

Our Director of Red Raider Life Skills, Justin Paysinger, holds appointment based workshops to discuss resume writing and post graduation job searching strategies. Also, the athletic department's contact, Jay Killough, in the UCS office is also readily available to meet with our student-athletes on an individual basis whenever necessary. Student-athletes are provided with information ranging from mock interviews, business etiquette, job searching, resume writing and much more.

Our second professional development event for this year will be an Athletic Career Fair planned for April 12, 2011. In partnership with the University Career Services, our goal for this year is to have an employer to represent every major of our student-athletes. The companies at the career fair will be allowed to review and critique resumes, give interviews, and critique the appearance of the student-athletes (attire, grooming, etc.).

Therefore, student-athletes are required to dress business professional and encouraged to bring their resumes. Before the event we plan to have a meet and greet reception for our coaches, administration, and the companies participating.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Personal Development is a main focus this year introducing five new events to our programs calendar.

The first was a Female Self Defense class hosted by Premier Martial Arts. Last year was a particularly violent one in college athletics, and not just on the fields of play. According to research compiled for the National Coalition against Violent Athletes, Lexis-Nexis searches turned up more than 600 reports of violence perpetrated by student-athletes against women last year. Therefore, we felt it was extremely important to inform our female student athletes on how to defend themselves.

The second new program was the Study Abroad seminar. A few of our former and current student-athletes had the unique opportunity to study abroad in Mexico. They had such a positive experience that we thought more student-athletes should be informed about the opportunities available to them. We had Ryan McLemore, an International Study Abroad advisor attend and speak about the many programs offered at Tech as well as two professors from the Mexico Field Course program. A delicious spread of Mexican enchiladas, tacos, chips, salsa and guacamole were provided as well.

The third program is our "Cooking Seminar" designed to teach student-athletes how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals. We found that many student-athletes were eating unhealthy food because they did not know how to cook. This seminar features a unique opportunity for student-athletes to work hands on in a nutritional sciences lab on campus and prepare food from scratch. A registered dietician designs and teaches the class while also providing information about how eating healthy improves your performance. This is a four part series with each seminar featuring either breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.

Our fourth event, Street Smarts, is a powerful and "matter-of-fact" presentation that gives students a real-life look at the consequences of poor choices and encourages them to make responsible decisions every time they get behind the wheel. Fire fighters and Paramedics engage students by using factual information, actual medical equipment and demonstrations involving student-athletes.

The fifth program added an additional event/activity just for female student-athletes. Once a month, we sponsor "Ladies Night". Ladies Night is an opportunity for female student-athletes to gather and have discussions about anything that affects them as Lady Raiders.

STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC)

Texas Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on all NCAA member institution campuses.

Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAAC on their respective campuses. Furthermore, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAAC.

Here at Texas Tech, each team has at least two representatives that serve on SAAC and attend meetings once a month. Meetings are held the third Monday of every month in the front classroom of the Marsha Sharp Building. In our meetings, we discuss legislation, community service, plan events, and discuss issues pertaining to individuals and teams as a whole. In addition, there are elected SAAC officers who lead each meeting and help plan Red Raider Life Skills Events.

Benefits of being on SAAC:

1. Voice for fellow student-athletes
2. Plan events
3. Looks great on your resume
4. Builds leadership skills
5. Networking
6. Establish relationships
7. FREE food !!!

Mission Statement of SAAC

"The mission of the Big 12 Conference SAAC is to communicate with all student-athletes on campus, between member institutions and with the Conference office on issues concerning student-athlete welfare, including but not limited to promoting a positive image in academics, athletics, sportsmanship, personal and social development, community outreach, and career exploration.

(Authored By: Big 12 Conference SAAC, April 15, 1998)

SAAC Events:

We are proud to present annual events that SAAC governing members and student-athletes participate in and plan.

The "Student-Athlete Welcome Back to School Event" is an event designed to reunite freshmen, returning student-athletes, athletic administration, coaches, and staff. This year, the event was held at the Student Recreation Leisure Pool located on campus. All Student-Athletes received a SAAC T-shirt and enjoyed food and beverages as well as all the fun activities offered at the leisure pool.

Red Raider Play Day invites children ages 6 to 15, free of charge, to participate in a Student-Athlete operated field day. Student-Athletes from every sport volunteer their time to play with Lubbock's youth and teach them about staying active. This event is held on the Jones Football Stadium field.

The Student-Athlete Talent Show benefitting Special Olympics Texas

The TECHspy Awards honoring academic and athletic performance

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