Student-athletes across campus are regularly encouraged to try to make an impact in the community, and one of the several ways they do that is participating in a mandatory speaker series where they are educated or inspired about issues facing Cal.
Players from 23 of Cal’s sports will do just that over the next couple of days, as the athletic department has partnered with the Dean of Student Affairs and the “Bears That Care” initiative to debrief student-athletes about campus problems with violence toward women and the correlation of drugs and alcohol.
Student-athletes will take part in interactive discussions Monday and Tuesday evening that will be facilitated by trained athletic department staff as well as experienced campus presenters.
“We want to give them the tools to build character and give them a sense of community,” Cal director or student-athlete affairs Paul Savage said. “We want to leverage their campus leadership and arm them with the tools to be active leaders.”
Six Cal programs that play in the fall went through the sessions during the preseason – football, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey and women’s swimming and diving. The remaining sports on campus will take part in the program over the next two days.
Cal’s athletic department requires student-athletes to participate in a minimum of two speaker sessions – one in the fall and one in the spring. The department has recently changed its approach to make the series more interactive rather than simply have the student-athletes strictly listen to a speaker.
The department also plans on having speakers at an assistant coaches meeting in October to further educate the campus community on issues with violence and drugs and alcohol.