About Dribble To A Degree

The purpose of “Dribble to a Degree” is to focus on life after basketball and incorporate life skills into the women’s basketball program here at St.

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John’s. Due to a regimented schedule that student athletes must adhere to, many times conflicts arise with seminars, career fairs, and speakers that take place on campus. Student-athletes will S.H.I.N.E. in all aspects of life. We will stimulate, habituate, integrate, navigate and educate - so they will graduate and be ready for the real world.

“Dribble to a Degree” would focus on the specific majors of the players and brings in female speakers who are in the professional world with that degree to interact one on one and give them the real world perspective. Another great resource is to form a bond between an alumnus who holds a degree in the same field the player is interested in. They can become a mentor and form a bridge between present and past players. Both of these aspects would be very beneficial in order to network in the field of their degree.

This program would also utilize all the great resources that we have here on campus.

Examples include; using the nutritionist, academic center, the counseling center to speak about stress and time-management. They would speak with the team directly creating a more intimate setting.

Other topics taught during the program would be professional attire, etiquette class, leadership skills, money management (Pell Grants) and taxes, cooking classes, community service, mock interviews, healthy relationships, job shadowing, mentoring, and fitness classes. Meetings are held monthly to address the above variety of skills in a social, interactive, and fun way outside the realm of basketball. This program focuses on making the student-athlete well-rounded and prepared for when they graduate and enter the professional world.

Coach Tartamella with players in graduation gownsThe Phases

"Dribble to a Degree" encorporates four phases of personal and professional development that coincide with your year in school. Each phase is designed to cover one topic per month for nine months. The phases include a monthly theme and task, which is developed around community service and other projects/events. The student-athletes will also learn about national monthly awareness campaigns. 
For each Phase, the student-athletes will complete at least 40 hours of community service. During the 2012-13 season, the St. John's women's basketball team won the Athletic Department's Community Service Award. 
Click each phase below for the schedule, theme, task, community service and national awareness month platform.


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