February 27, 2008 - by
Florida State Wins NCAS Award For Student-Athlete Outreach

Feb. 27, 2008

Tallahassee, FLFlorida State University was honored for its commitment to community service and outreach at the Founders Luncheon of the National Consortium for Academics & Sports (NCAS) Annual Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL. Of the 224 member colleges and universities across the country, 57 members stood out for their outstanding programs and dedication to their student-athlete college communities. At the top of the Outreach Honor Roll for 2006-07 was Florida State University which worked with and donated game tickets to 156,750 youth in the Tallahassee area.


During the 2006-07 academic year student-athletes at FSU volunteered a total of 5,339 hours. Some of the highlighted programs in the area of community outreach include but were not limited to: donated funds and books to schools with underprivileged youth, Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp, Able Trust, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Kid’s Vote, USA, Step Up Florida, March of Dimes, Girl Scouts of America, Special Olympics and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. After thousands of hours and dedication, FSU student athletes reached over 150,000 youth.


The NCAS was established by Dr. Richard E. Lapchick and since its inception in 1985, NCAS member institutions have proven to be effective advocates for balancing academics and athletics. By joining the NCAS, a college or university agrees to bring back, tuition free, their own former student-athletes who completed in revenue and non-revenue producing sports and were unable to complete their degree requirements. In exchange, these former student-athletes agree to participate in school outreach and community service programs addressing social issues of America‘s youth.

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