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.

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 [+]

02/26/2014 - Rebel Ready

Soledad O'Brien Visits Ole Miss

Ole Miss minority student-athletes and athletics administration were able to share in a discussion on diversity and inclusion with former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, as part of O'Brien's Black in... Read More [+]

02/11/2014 - Rebel Ready

Freeze Visits Batson Children's Hospital

Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze recently took time out of his busy schedule to visit with patients and workers at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, Miss. Read More [+]

01/23/2014 - Rebel Ready

More Than Softball: Team Visits Le Bonheur...

The Ole Miss softball team does not open its season until Feb. 7, but in many regards, the Rebels have already won the day. Read More [+]

12/18/2013 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss SAAC Takes Part in Leadership...

Recently the Ole Miss student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) took part in a two-day leadership retreat put on by the Ole Miss Athletics Department. Read More [+]

11/22/2013 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Student-Athletes Spread Holiday...

OXFORD, Miss. -Ole Miss student-athletes, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, recently participated in an athletic department wide "Adopt-A-Basket" service event. Read More [+]

11/21/2013 - Rebel Ready

Cunningham Engineers Dreams

Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree... Read More [+]

11/19/2013 - Rebel Ready

Ole Miss Athletes Participate In Etiquette...

OXFORD, Miss. - Recently Ole Miss student-athletes participated in the "Backpacks to Briefcases" etiquette/networking dinner. The program is designed to help student-athletes make the transition... Read More [+]

11/07/2013 - Rebel Ready

Help Ole Miss, Kroger Fight Hunger

Ole Miss and Kroger, in conjunction with the Mid-South Food Bank and the Mississippi Food Network, will be on hand during Saturday's football game versus Arkansas to collect non-perishable food... Read More [+]

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