Ole Miss Rebel Ready/CHAMPS Life Skills Program

Rebel Ready Location/Hours of Operation

Starnes Center
908 All-American Drive | University, MS 38677 | (662) 915-5775

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or by appointment 

Mission Statement:
The mission of our Rebel Ready Program is to challenge our student-athletes to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement academically, relationally, socially, personally, and professionally during and beyond their careers as student-athletes.

Program Overview:
The Champs Life Skills Department at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) is the hub for a wide range of Ole Miss Athletics sponsored programs designed to meet the needs of student-athletes and their families. Since its inception in 1991 by the NCAA, the Champs Life Skills Program has helped provide student-athletes across the country with helpful resources to be successful on and off the playing field. At Ole Miss, our Champs Life Skills (Rebel Ready) Program is divided to into six areas:

Student-Athlete Assistance Services
Career Development
Continuing Education
Community Outreach
Financial Education
Career Transition

Student-Athlete Assistance Services
Programs have been created for student-athletes to develop and cultivate life skills in order to maximize personal and professional opportunities and minimize detrimental behaviors. Through lectures, videos, discussion groups, panels, forums, guest speakers, and current /former student-athlete player testimonies, student-athletes will have the opportunity to learn to make sound decisions about their future on and off the playing field.

Career Development
The Career Development Program has been established to provide opportunities for current student-athletes to gain exposure and experience in a variety of industries that may be of interest to them now and beyond their playing days. The program offers assistance with resume writing, interview skills, career interest assessments, business etiquette, career fairs, and placement opportunities. Internship opportunities exist at many companies. These internships provide student-athletes with opportunities to develop tangible skills that will assist them in their career exploration and decrease apprehension about their success off the field.
Student-athletes find that many of the performance skills learned from participating in sports (planning, team work, preparation, goal setting, etc.) are transferable and apply to many other career choices.

Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Program is designed to assist current and former student-athletes with the skills necessary to gain admission into graduate and professional programs of study. Additionally, the program assists student-athletes in developing a plan of action on how to best utilize their education in pursuit of career opportunities.

Community Outreach
The Community Outreach Program seeks to engage student-athletes in service to campus and surrounding communities. The program unites internal and external constituents, identifies challenges on campus and in surrounding communities, and develops best practices/solutions to improve conditions.  By engaging all stakeholders, the program will make a difference in the lives of university and surrounding communities.

Financial Education
The Financial Education Program provides student-athletes with valuable knowledge to manage their personal finances and improve financial decision-making. The program offers student-athletes resources and perspectives on the current economic environment. This program is an opportunity for student-athletes to gain knowledge about cash management, insurance, tax planning, estate planning, retirement planning, investments, and other related topics.

Career Transition
The program educates current and former student-athletes in transition (athletics to the “real world”) about the resources and opportunities available to them in their advancement to alternative careers. The Career Transition Program provides a mix of academic topics, success stories through guest speakers, and practical application. It is our goal to assess the career interest of current and former student-athletes through the Strong Interest Inventory assessment tool. Other areas such as personal finance, a realistic job preview of the transition process, personal branding, personal health and well being, and communication and networking skills are included in the curriculum.

06/16/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall Begins Year-Long Internship With NCAA

Mary Ashton Nall grew up around intercollegiate athletics, specifically college football. Her father, Hugh, played football at Georgia and coached at Ole Miss and Auburn. From competing in the NCAA... Read More [+]

05/19/2014 - Rebel Ready

Nall, Nichols Make SEC Community Service Team

Ole Miss seniors Mary Ashton Nall and Alex Nichols were named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Community Service Teams for women's and men's track and field, respectively. Read More [+]

05/06/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Athletics Assists With Tornado...

Ole Miss Athletics delivered a 35-foot trailer stacked full of donations on Monday to help storm victims around Mississippi. Read More [+]

05/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Gathering Aid For Mississippi...

Through the Rebel Relief Project, Ole Miss fans and area residents will have the opportunity to donate household and clothing items for tornado victims across Mississippi at various locations in... Read More [+]

04/15/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss SAAC Hosting Shoe Drive

The Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), is partnering with Purshoeing Joy to collect used shoes for children in Guatemala. SAAC members will be collecting shoes at Friday's (April... Read More [+]

04/02/2014 - Rebel Ready

Special Olympics Tennis Event Held At Ole ...

Ole Miss hosted the Special Olympics tennis event at the Gillom Sports Center Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the North Mississippi Regional Center. Read More [+]

03/28/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Visits Governor's Mansion,...

Even in the midst of a busy spring football schedule and their academic pursuits, members of the Ole Miss football team were able to take a trip to the state's capital city last Thursday when they ... Read More [+]

03/26/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Student-Athletes Help "Move ...

- Ole Miss track and field student-athletes recently participated at a "Move Mississippi" event at the O-U Methodist Church. The Move Mississippi initiative was started last year and helps to fight... Read More [+]

03/17/2014 - Rebel Ready

Rebels' Choice Awards Set For March 31

Ole Miss will be honoring the athletic achievements of the past year at the fourth annual Rebels' Choice Awards on Monday, March 31 at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts. The semi-form... Read More [+]

03/10/2014 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss SAAC Participates in Diversity...

Recently the Ole miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had a chance to participate in a roundtable discussion with Sam Freedman on the topic of Diversity in Sports. Read More [+]

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