The Gopher Athletics program believes it's important to return the outstanding support given by its fans by returning some of their time through volunteer and charitable activities. The Gophers are active in the Twin Cities and University communities.

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Events organized by the Student-Athlete Development Department in the last year


Hours logged by student-athletes from April 2015 to April 2016

85.1% (579/680)
Percentage of student-athletes that volunteered at least once

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Program History

M.A.G.I.C.In 1991, the NCAA Foundation initiated efforts to create a total development program for student-athletes. Through the collaborative efforts of the NCAA Foundation and the Division I-A Athletic Director's Association, the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) was created. With the support of the NCAA Foundation and the NCAA national office the program has evolved into the current Department of Student-Athlete Development.

Today the department includes many programs all designed to help make the student-athlete experience a positive one. A central mission of the Athletic Department is to encourage student-athletes to achieve excellence in their academic as well as their athletic pursuits.

In an effort to assist our student-athletes further, the department is designed to give a comprehensive approach to providing educational experiences and services which focus on the individual. We presently utilize personal development programs, a freshman orientation course, our Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), and various community outreach efforts to impact the lives of our young men and women. Gopher involvement in these programs helps student-athletes enhance the quality of their experience at Minnesota.

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"M.A.G.I.C gives student-athletes like myself the opportunity to give back to the community that so willingly supports University of Minnesota Athletics. It is such an honor and a privilege to be a University of Minnesota student-athlete, and with that honor and privilege comes responsibility to give back. M.A.G.I.C creates a fun environment to go out with other student-athletes and impact the community through a multitude of events. There is such an awesome feeling that comes with knowing you impacted those kids, or community members for that day, or even a life-time with your story and helping hand. My attitude towards giving back, is shaped a lot by this quote by Ghandi: `The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.'"

- Katherine Windsor, Senior, Women's Rowing


"Anyone can volunteer and their presence is recognized. The M.A.G.I.C. program has taught me to not only be present but moreover discover a way to truly make a lasting impact in someone's life. There is no way to cut corners to affecting change, but only a means of redefining the way we do it."

- Josh Hall, Men's Swimming and Diving


"Working and volunteering through the M.A.G.I.C program with fellow University of Minnesota student-athletes gives us a way to give back to the community that has given so much support. It provides us with many opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as leadership and teamwork development. Volunteering through the M.A.G.I.C program these past three years has given me a wide array of experience in the community, and has taught me a lot about different cultures and ways of being that I normally would not have been exposed to. I am very grateful for what the M.A.G.I.C program has allowed me to accomplish at the University of Minnesota."

- Tori Dixon, Senior, Volleyball









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