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Character Enhancement


The foundation of Student-Athlete Development is based on character and leadership. Through informal mentoring and encouragement, seminars, speakers bureaus, transitional classes and events/programs outlined below, the goal is to help student-athletes succeed and be well-rounded individuals.

Character and leadership development is a key piece of "developing champions." Student-Athlete Development offers opportunities throughout the academic year for all student-athletes striving for excellence. The programs are meant to develop well-rounded, responsible and mature individuals.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - Student-Athlete Development is dedicated to transforming student-athletes into leaders who can better serve our campus and community. For more information on becoming a part of SAAC, or other leadership opportunities available to WFU student-athletes, please contact Ashley Wechter at (336) 758-4609 or wechtean@wfu.edu.

Freshmen Transition Class - Student-Athlete Development provides four courses designed to help our student-athletes understand the culture of Wake Forest and transition from high school life to college. We cover topics such as, alcohol and drug awareness, sexual assault/rape prevention, career pathways and promote various resources on campus.

Mentors - Student-Athlete Development has an open door policy. Our role is to serve as mentors. Stop by any time, for any reason! If we can't help you, we can find someone who can. There are formal mentoring programs set up within athletics and on campus for anyone interested. Let us help you get connected!


Speaking Opportunities - Many of our student-athletes take advantage of speaking opportunities within our community. Student-Athlete Development believes this is a leadership opportunity that not only builds their skills, but also is a form of "giving back." Several of our student-athletes take time throughout the year to speak with local youth groups, elementary, middle and high schools, along with sports teams and even donors.

Speaker Series - This series varies each year based on the evolving needs of today's student-athletes. Recent speakers or topics have included:

  • Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders - Generation iY and Habitudes
  • Drug/Alcohol Assessments
  • Etiquette
  • Student-Health issues

    *Interested in speaking to our student-athletes? Contact Ashley Wechter at (336) 758-4609 or wechtean@wfu.edu.

    Campus Resources:

  • Athletes in Action Ministry - Athletes in Action is an interdenominational Christian ministry dedicated to turning athletic influencers into Christ-centered leaders. The program is led by Joe and Kim Haynes, who have been on staff since 2002. AIA meets Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. in the Rovere Room on the second floor of the Miller Center on campus. The program offers spiritual discipleship and mentoring (schedule changes by semester).
  • Counseling Center Counseling Center
  • Learning Assistance Center Learning Assistance Center
  • Health Center Student Health Services
  • Office of Personal and Career Development OPCD
  • Gender LGBTQ Center
  • Drug and Alcohol CHOICES
  • Student Affairs Campus Life
  • Multicultural/Diversity Multicultural Affairs
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