Eagles Life Skills

The Student-Athlete Support Program and AU Athletics offers the Eagles Life Skills program to support the holistic well-being of all student-athletes. Through programs that focus on transitions, leadership development, career preparation and more, AU student-athletes will continue to develop on and off the field throughout their time at American. Below is a brief overview of what Eagles Life Skills has to offer.

A major part of the efforts to develop life skills focuses on leadership. To find out more about the leadership development initiatives, click here.


American University Athlete Mentor Program (AUAMP)
All first-year student-athletes will be paired with a student-athlete peer, who will serve as their mentor. AUAMP will begin with a kickoff event at the beginning of the semester, and continues throughout the year. Find out more about AUAMP here.

Take Flight
Being an NCAA Division I student-athlete brings some unique challenges. Take Flight is a two-part program designed to help new students manage these challenges and adapt and excel in their life as an intercollegiate athlete. Find out more about Take Flight here.


Rising Eagles Leadership Series
Rising Eagles is a six-week series focused on developing individual leadership skills that student-athletes can employ in both athletic competition and in life. All sophomore and new transfer student-athletes will take part in Rising Eagles during the offseason of their sport. Find out more about Rising Eagles here.


Junior year provides a chance for student-athletes to put their leadership skills to use. This is the first opportunity for student-athletes to serve as mentors to the new class of freshmen as part of the AU Athlete Mentor Program.

Student-Athlete Alumni Panel
As students move through junior year, our focus begins to shift toward what comes next. At the Student-Athlete Alumni Panel, former AU student-athletes return to share their career journeys with current students and offer advice on how to navigate the ever-changing professional world. Find out more about the panel here.


Orin R. Smith Life Skills Etiquette Dinner
As a capstone of the Eagles Life Skills program, the Orin R. Smith Life Skills Etiquette Dinner is an opportunity to both celebrate the senior class and also leave the students with some valuable skills to use in their professional lives.


Speaker Series
An additional component of the Eagles Life Skills program is the speaker series: a yearly effort to bring impactful speakers to campus who can share their experiences and lessons on a variety of topics. Subjects and speakers are chosen based on current issues experienced by student-athletes across the NCAA.