The Bridge Program Symposium is an annual event for student-athletes and their parents
to educate them about the transition to high school through various workshops.
Topics will include:
NCAA ELIGIBILITY PROCESS
To play sports at a Division I or II school, you must graduate from high school, complete 16 NCAA-approved core courses, earn a minimum GPA, and earn an ACT or SAT score that matches your corecourse GPA. The Bridge Program will educate student-athletes on the NCAA Eligibility Process on a yearly basis to ensure NCAA compliance. Student-Athletes will be enrolled in Positive Impact New York’s M.A.A.P (My Academic and Athletic Plan) program which will include individual consultation and transcript review twice a year.
HIGH SCHOOL, THE ROADMAP TO COLLEGE
Every trip goes more smoothly when you use a road map. The path through high school is no different. Both parents and students want to enjoy the journey, learn things along the way, and get to the destination, which is college. For families that have faced bumps in the road, such as learning or related challenges that make school more difficult, having a good road map is even more important. We will have a panel of local guidance counselors to assist student-athletes with a four year guideline to have a successful high school career.
DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media can do irreplaceable damage to an athlete’s chances of playing at the next level, being accepted into a college, or maintaining their high school athletic status. Social Media can also help you gain attention of college coaches and promote yourself. Unlike a competition, whether your social media helps or hurts you is completely within your control.
BUILDING THE BRAND OF YOU
Student-athletes assume that coaches are solely focused on the talent of an individual when recruiting players. While it is easy to get caught up in the sheer talent and abilities of today’s student-athletes, talent is just a minor attribute in the wide array of characteristics coaches look for when recruiting a student-athlete. We will discuss the ten commandments as it pertains to building the brand of you.
Through our media training session, we will prepare our student-athletes for such communications challenges as press interviews and press conferences. We infuse these sessions with a combination of message development, on-camera media interview and role-play. With these tools, student-athletes will learn how to take advantage of media interviews to further their brand. This workshop will be conducted by media relations employees from local colleges.
A panel of former student-athletes will speak about their high school student-athlete experiences. The players will offer views from adjusting to high school life, preparing for a higher level of athletics to making a plan B if your plan to play collegiate athletics doesn’t work out. The goal of the panel is to inform our student-athletes about the opportunities, realities, and benefits related to preparing for college athletics while still working towards a high school diploma.