HOUSTON, TX — The Texas Southern University Department of Athletics has received a $100,000 NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program grant for the 2021-22 academic year. The department was selected as one of the thirteen NCAA Division I institutions to obtain the grant.
In his statement, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Kevin Granger said, “I want to thank the NCAA for providing us the opportunity to help support our student-athletes in their academic pursuits.”
“I also want to commend our Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Enhancement Kim Evans and staff for their hard work and assistance in securing this grant and working with our student-athletes on a daily basis to ensure they have a well-rounded experience both inside and outside the classroom and playing fields,” he continued.
Similarly, upon the grant announcement, the head of TSU Athletics’ Academic Enhancement Department, Kimberly Evans, commented, “We are ecstatic to receive this funding from the NCAA AASP. We are in the midst of developing programming for our student-athletes as these funds will enhance their collegiate experience.”
Before applying for the grant, Evans and her academic advisory staff sought to carefully research TSU’s learning habits and needs over 300 student-athletes before and during the pandemic.
Based on the findings, the grant funds will focus on three initiatives for the 2021-2022 academic year. The department will develop programs centered around Student-Athlete Development, Technology Access and Staff/Student Professional Development.
Under the program, student-athletes will attend a series of professional development workshops to prepare them for life after they finish their study. They will also have the privilege to choose workshop topics as well as opportunities to get involved, network and connect with local communities.
“We noticed technology access was an area that stood out during the pandemic once we shifted to online only in March of 2020 along with student-athlete development as they moved closer towards graduation,” said Evans.
She added: “This single-year grant is a jump start to provide our students with resources to add to their tool kits while they are on campus and as they begin to transition off-campus into the next chapter of their lives.”
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