Study hall, mentors, workshops available to student-athletes
August 24, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's Club Sports department offers tremendous support to its student-athletes, not only physically through athletic training and strength and conditioning, but also in the realm of academic advising, mentoring, and tutoring.
All new freshmen and transfer students, as well as second-semester freshmen who have below a 3.0 GPA and sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have below a 2.5 GPA, are required to log at least four hours per week in the Club Sports study hall, open Monday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in the LaHaye Ice Center.
Club Sports provides tutoring in math, science, and English and partners with the College of Applied Sciences and Academic Success (CASAS), which provides tutors in a variety of subjects.
"I believe that our study hall program has been instrumental in the high GPAs that our student-athletes have been achieving," Assistant Director of Academic Advancement Donna Holland said. "Every semester our GPA goes up higher and higher and it has been phenomenal to watch. This past spring semester, our student-athletes achieved a cumulative 3.34 GPA."
Student-athletes can participate in approximately six hour-long workshop incentives each semester, which count for two hours of study-hall time. A great lineup of speakers is on tap for this semester, presenting on topics ranging from time management to nutrition.
"We'll have representatives from the Career (Services) center come and talk with us about all the services their department provides and our taekwondo team come talk to female athletes about self-defense," Holland said. "We will also have our Club Sports chaplain (Brian Davidson) share with us about the search for significance."
Student-athetes spend quality and quantity time in the Club Sports study hall located in the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Club Sports mentoring program provides an opportunity for Holland and her staff to invest in Liberty's student-athletes on a holistic level, discussing a wide range of issues from stress management to test-taking tips.
"We love to build a relationship with our student-athletes, to be a resource to them," Holland said. "We will provide accountability as well with them each week and look at their grades, look at assignments, homework, and tests together. The greatest thing is that we have an opportunity to pray for them or with them."