From the Desk of Al Bean: Full Potential Pilot Program Will Debut In January
When the second semester opens on January 12, 2015, a group of 40-50 USM student-athletes will take part in a pilot program designed to help them grow as individuals and achieve optimal levels of performance. The program, dubbed Full Potential, will continue the athletic department’s unwavering commitment to provide opportunities and experiences for student-athletes in five key developmental areas: Academic Achievement, Athletic Performance, Personal Development, Career Development and Service to Community.
The pilot will begin with an immediate focus on sports nutrition in partnership with our strength and conditioning program. The sports nutrition initiative will be referred to as Eat To Compete. The focus of Eat To Compete will be on healthy eating, pre-performance preparation, day of competition choices and the post activity recovery phase. In addition to sports nutrition, the following non-exhaustive list of topics will be part of the pilot: performance anxiety, functional mobility testing, Strengths Finder, time management, presentation skills, Mentors In Violence Prevention, social media education, career related skills, networking, a pen pal program with elementary school students in Gorham and many more.
My sincere thanks goes out to everyone who has stepped forward and worked together to help improve the overall student experience. Well done.