Mason Garners NCAS Award for Degree Completion

Posted: February 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason has received an award from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) for the Degree Completion Program and Community Service and Outreach. Nena Rogers, life skills coordinator in the Athletics Department, accepted the award during NCAS’ national conference on Feb. 12 at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The Degree Completion Program allows former student-athletes to complete their education in exchange for community service. In the past 16 years, 19,760 students have returned to schools to complete their degrees, including more than 10,000 former student-athletes, 171 Olympians, and more than 6,000 professional athletes. NCAS schools have donated $130 million in tuition fees for student-athletes to complete their degrees since 1985.

Students participating in the program speak to young people on issues of race, ethnicity, violence prevention, being role models, drug and alcohol abuse, staying in school, and academic success. Collectively, they have performed 8.3 million hours of community service.

“We are very proud of the success that our Life Skills and Academic Resource programs have had as an outreach for our student-athletes in leadership development and community service,” says Tom O’Connor, director of athletics.

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