Gettysburg Athletics Launches Well-Being Program

Gettysburg College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Department of Athletics at Gettysburg College has created a robust and holistic well-being program to help student-athletes cope with current physical and mental demands and reach their full potential on and off the field.

The Gettysburg College Student-Athlete Well-Being Program focuses on six dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, career/academic, social, community, and financial.

  • Physical Well-Being: Helping our student athletes develop healthy lifestyle behaviors that improve their quality of life and overall physical health.
  • Emotional Well-Being: Helping our student athletes learn how to cope and build resiliency in navigating the challenges life can bring. 
  • Career/Academic Well-Being: Helping our student athletes cultivate knowledge, skills, networks, and experiences, to empower them to create and pursue meaningful futures. 
  • Social Well-Being: Helping our student athletes develop the capacity to establish and maintain positive relationships and love in their lives.
  • Community Well-Being: Helping our student athletes develop a sense of engagement and belonging personally, institutionally and beyond Gettysburg College. 
  • Financial Well-Being: Helping our student athletes gain the tools necessary to effectively managing their economic life in college and beyond.

While athletics staff and coaches will oversee and direct the well-being efforts, student-athletes will lead the charge starting with representatives from the Student-Athlete Impact Leader (SAIL) program. Each varsity athletic team features two SAIL members.

Each SAIL rep will be charged with working on a specific dimension. They will meet with their peers several times per month and develop projects to share with their respective teams and the rest of the athletic department. These projects will serve as building blocks for the well-being program, while developing a successful and welcoming environment for student-athletes across campus.

“At Gettysburg College we care about the holistic development of our student-athletes,” said Director of EES Student Success and Well-Being Cindy Wright P’08, P’13, P’16. “We consider it a joy and privilege to share in this journey helping them to live healthy and meaningful lives.” 

During the month of October, community well-being will be the featured dimension. The athletics department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will work with SAIL to investigate and implement initiatives focused on racial justice and equality. The plan will also tie into the NCAA’s third annual Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign slated for Oct. 27-29.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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