HOUSTON -- The University of Houston Department of Athletics continued to take steps to prepare student-athletes for life after their time in athletics competition is over and their career is starting by hosting the inaugural Champions For Life breakfast.
The breakfast served as an opportunity for Houston businesses to learn about the UH Athletics’ Career Development Program and to learn what qualities student-athletes have that make them unique and great prospective employees, and how to get involved in the program as both an individual and/or as an organization.
“We are hoping to achieve making partnerships with businesses that are going to help our students after graduation in different career fields,” Director for Student-Athlete Career Development Alexandra Slimp said. “This is our inaugural event, and we are very happy with our launch. We have received a great response from community leaders and local businesses who are really excited about working with our student athletes.”
The Champions For Life Breakfast was designed to bridge the gap between community leaders and business with graduating student-athletes from the University of Houston. Business leaders get to learn the qualities that student-athletes display, while those student-athletes can learn what to expect while searching for a career after graduation.
“Sometimes it shocks athletes when they graduate,” Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ronald Hughey said. “They’ve been taken care of for 22 years and then all of the sudden they have to do this on their own. They are going to walk into a job that has ethics, standards, morals and things they have to abide by in a place that they don’t get to adjust their schedule, and this program will help them make those adjustments.”