Feb. 15, 2008
Clemson, SC – Ginty Porter, an academic advisor in Clemson University’s Vickery Hall, has been named the recipient of the Gene Hooks Award as the outstanding CHAMPS Program Coordinator for 2007 by the Division I Athletic Director’ Association. The award is named after former Wake Forest Athletic Director Gene Hooks.
Porter has worked as a full-time Vickery Hall employee since the program’s inception. She was assigned CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator when the national program began in 1994 through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association.
The CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success) addresses the total development of the student-athlete in the areas of academics, athletics, personal growth, career enhancement, and leadership and service. Clemson won the national award for program excellence in 1999.
To provide support in the personal growth component of our program, Porter facilitates a semester-long freshmen student-athlete transition class each fall that focuses on strategies and skill sets that are fundamental to making a smooth transition to college life. Topics range from time-management to ethical reasoning. Porter also arranges for developmental programming throughout the year for all student-athletes and provides support to the other staff members who coordinate the Career and Service components. In addition to serving as an academic advisor for men’s and women’s swimming and women’s tennis, she advises the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
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