M.A.G.I.C.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.

Program History

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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