Trailblazer PRIDE Program

Adrianne Baird
Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development

The foundation of the student-athlete development PRIDE program is based on character and leadership.  Through informal mentoring, seminars, speakers, educational and awareness events, the PRIDE program will address personal growth, career development, and leadership.

The focus is on the total development of our student-athletes and recognizes their changing needs in regard to transition to and from college.  The program will assist in the development of sportsmanship and respect, life preparedness, personal and collective accountability, transferable life skills, accessing campus resources, character and integrity.

After completing the PRIDE program, Trailblazer student-athletes will be:

  • P-rofessional- make an impact
  • R-esponsible- make informed decisions and be accountable
  • I-nclusive- be respectful and engaging
  • D-etermined- act positively and overcome adversity
  • E-xcel- on and off the playing surfaces

Monthly Curriculum:

August– Student-Athlete Expectations and Campus Resources

  • Athletic Department Expectations and Values
  • Center for Student Services Engagement (CSSE)
  • Advisor Engagement
  • Counseling Services

September– Drug & Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Drug Free Athletics Event
  • Step UP Bystander Intervention Training

October– Mental Health Awareness

  • NCAA Mental Health Best Practices & Mind, Body & Sport
  • Counseling Services
  • NCAA DISC Assessment

November– Diversity and Inclusion

  • LGBTQIA+, Disabilities, Ethnicity, and Title IX
  • Career Readiness Workshops
  • Resume and Cover Letters

December– Nutrition & Fitness Awareness

January– Career Readiness Workshops

  • Job Search and Graduate Applications

February– Career Readiness Workshop

  • Review Applications
  • Mock interviews

March– “Don’t bet on it”

  • When Gambling takes control of the game
  • March Madness – Free to play tournament bracket

April- Sexual Assault Awareness & Violence Prevention

  • “It’s On Us” video release
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
  • Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence