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How Does Mentoring And Basketball Intertwine?

Posted on Mon, Apr, 05, 2010

Tonight is the much anticipated game of the NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Final Four Championship game.  After an emotional series of games this past weekend, many people will be tuning in to CBS tonight at 9:21 p.m. EST.  The two fortunate Final Four teams playing will be Duke University vs. Butler University.  Duke has been down this path many times before and knows what to expect, however, Butlerwill be playing in its first national title and the media has been quoted saying that this game can be “all the makings of a blockbuster.”   The game will be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. If you don’t have tickets to tonight’s game, you don’t have to worry because it will be televised by CBS, by most of the major sports channels and over the internet.  By now you must be asking yourself “how does this tie into mentoring?”  Well, the game may not necessarily have to do with mentoring, but the NCAA strongly believes in supporting the student-athletes development initiatives. The NCAA recently created a grant designed to fund student-athlete development programs.  For the academic year 2009-2010, a pilot program was created granting a $1,250 award to 60 institutions to fund a new or existing student-athlete development program.  Among several appropriate programming topics, peer mentoring, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, and student-athlete mentoring programs were honored.  Since the program was such a success this year, it will be rolled out once again for the 2010-2011 school year and the NCAA Educational Affairs Grant will be increased to $2,000 per institution and will be awarded to 150 NCAA members institutions.  The NCAA is committed to developing leadership abilities in student-athletes.  Are you doing the same in your organization?

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