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Center for academics and sports

Center For Academics and Sports

University of St. Thomas

Dr. Robert Brown


  • “ The Center for Academics and Sports is dedicated to providing quality education for traditional students and non-traditional students, with a strong emphasis in helping low-income youth to grow physically, mentally, and ethically through academic and athletic programs.”

Goals youth programs
Goals- Youth Programs

  • Promote a balanced & healthy lifestyle by incorporating a blend of athletic and academic activities

  • Interact with adult role models and establish new friendships

Goals youth programs1
Goals- Youth Programs

  • Develop social skills such as communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution

  • Increase self-esteem, leadership, and problem-solving skills

  • Experience a college environment alongside university students, staff, and faculty


  • Free academic and athletic summer programs

  • Served over 500 youth during 2010, from St. Paul, Minneapolis, and east metro suburban schools

  • Transportation and meals provided at no cost

  • Special emphasis on students from low-income households and communities of color

  • Promote life-long learning, access to higher education and the development of healthy lifestyle choices


  • 5 days a week

  • Divided into four periods, two academic and two athletic

  • Activities include: fitness, fellowship, athleticism, ethics, skill development in academics and sports, leadership development, college preparation, and career-planning classes

High school leadership group
High School Leadership Group

  • Principals nominated participants

  • Selected by Center’s staff

  • Leadership training in the spring

  • Served as junior staff members during the summer

World culture program english language learners
World Culture Program & English Language Learners

  • Language and culture camps

    • Participants selected by EMID

    • All elementary age students

    • Language camp for limited English speakers

    • Culture camp to develop diversity awareness in local kids

    • Students exposed to Hmong, Somali, Latino, Chinese, French, and African-American cultures

New fall 2011
New, Fall 2011

  • Supplemental Education Services (SES) Program

    • Year- round program

    • Provide tutoring in math and language arts, with mentors & counselors assigned to specific students

    • Provide bi-weekly academic updates to schools & families

New fall 20111
New, Fall 2011

  • High School Student-Athlete Workshop

    • Workshops for high school students (and their parents) interested in playing a sport at the collegiate level

    • Topics covered include:

      • dealing with college recruiters, coaches, and/or with potential agents, financial advisors, and professional teams.

In development
In Development

Degree completion programs for professional athletes to give them marketable skills-

  • Starting as freshman for those who turned pro after high school (common for baseball
and some in hockey)

  • Degree completion for those who left early to began their pro careers

  • Others who have BA degrees but no marketable skills will need a useful graduate program

    • This will require a partnership with UST student services and possibly a consortium of other colleges

      Role models in schools

  • College and pro athletes (particularly minorities who are successful academically)  going into schools to assist kids in appreciating the value of education

In development1
In Development

  • Community programs

    • Conduct forums/conferences on ethics and value issues relating to sports in society.

    • Conduct local (MN) research on relevant issues – Ex. graduation rates of athletes in schools and college, minority representation in coaching and management positions.

    • Serve as a clearinghouse/ referral agency for others involved in youth sports.

Goals athletic programs
Goals- Athletic Programs

  • Provide future, current, and retired athletes quality information and education to finish their degree

  • Be our students “one stop shop” by providing all necessary services to complete their degree

  • Provide seminars and workshops to inform athletes of pressing issues such as; college recruitment norms, how to “deal” with agents, and money management

  • Broaden the number of schools we visit and expand to other local and larger cities within the area


  • Saint Paul Public Schools– teaching and support staff

  • East Metro Integration District (EMID)– teaching and support staff

  • Minneapolis Public Schools – Summer school reimbursement

  • Schulze Family Foundation – teaching and support staff

  • Life Time Fitness Foundation – Group Fitness instructors, T-shirts for participants

  • Minnesota Youth Soccer Association – instructors

  • Minnesota Swarm – Lacrosse clinics

  • C. Charles Jackson Foundation – High School Leadership Program staff