National Student Athlete Day is among us!
National STUDENT-Athlete Day (NSAD), observed annually on April 6th, provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of student-athletes.
In the United States, nearly 8 million student-athletes compete in team and individual sports. More than 500,000 will carry their career on to the college level. Not only do they succeed in athletic programs such as track and field, baseball, volleyball, and lacrosse, but they excel academically, too. Additionally, the day recognizes student-athletes who have a positive impact on their communities while maintaining and earning GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
Many student-athletes take on roles as leaders in their community and serve as role models
for others. Others overcome adversity and provide exemplary representations of achievement. The program encourages families, schools, and communities to support their STUDENT-athletes in their endeavors. Cheer them on both on and off the court and field. Support them in their higher goals and aspirations.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StudentAthleteDay
Support your student-athletes. Nominate someone you know for STUDENT-Athlete award.
Other ways to support your student-athlete is to make sure they’re getting enough rest and eating right. While they’re at home, make sure they are familiar with all their academic resources. Teach them how to cope with stress and the importance of injury care. Helping them to balance school, practice and a social life can become difficult, but not impossible. Keep an open line of communication between you and your student-athlete.
Information and tools like these will help them as they pursue a college career. Once they advance to the college level it will be even more important that they access all the tools and resources available to them.
As a student-athlete, share your story. Give a student-athlete you know a shout out using #StudentAthleteDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STUDENT-ATHLETE DAY HISTORY
The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) founded National STUDENT-Athlete Day in 1987 to honor high school and college student-athletes who have excelled in academics and athletics and who have contributed to their communities and schools in a significant way.
Article adapted from: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-student-athlete-day-april-6/