Fighting Knights for Life Program
Lynn University offers the Fighting Knights for Life Program, which is designed to foster complete growth and personal development of the student-athlete.
About the Program
By focusing on individual student-athletes’ skills and personal development, the Fighting Knights for Life Program assists student-athletes with meeting their personal goals and providing them with the necessary information that enhances their growth while in college, in order to be prepared for life after college. The Fighting Knights for Life Program is able to serve as a bridge to life after college by successfully focusing on five areas of development: Academic Development, Athletic Development, Community Service, Personal Development and Career Development.
The Academic Courses
The athletic department sponsors three one-credit courses in the School of Business per semester as electives for student-athletes that will provide immediate life skill training needed for success in college and beyond graduation. The Student-Athlete Services and Athletic Training departments, will also offer a wide range of educational seminars and workshops for the entire student-athlete community throughout the year.
LDR 397: Personal Development and Leadership
All first-year student-athletes at Lynn University will be introduced to life skills pertaining to personal development through their college career intertwined with an intense leadership development program. Through the use of leadership manuals and guest speakers, students learn the basics of being a leader on campus and in the community in their first semester as a Fighting Knight.
LDR 398: Community Engagement
Student-athletes work together throughout the semester with a budget and a proposal for a community service project on campus or in the community. The experience of engaging with outside groups gives the Fighting Knights awareness of how to make a positive impact in the community. Over the years, this class has been responsible for building relations between organizations and the athletic department that have lasted far longer than the semester of their work.
LDR 498: Career Development
All upperclassmen are given the opportunity to take this course as a junior or senior in order to assist them in planning for a career after college athletics. This workshop based course is designed to teach students the basics about resume building, value assessment, etiquette, job interviewing and networking. All of this is reinforced by the use of bringing successful Fighting Knights alumni into the classroom to provide their success stories and to offer advice.
The Five Commitments
- Commitment to Academic Excellence
To support the academic progress of the student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
- Commitment to Athletic Excellence
To build philosophical foundations for the development of athletic programs that are broad-based, equitable and dedicated to the well-being of the student-athlete.
- Commitment to Personal Development
To support the development of a well-balanced lifestyle for student-athletes, encouraging emotional well-being, personal growth and decision-making skills.
- Commitment to Career Development
To encourage the student-athlete to develop and pursue career and life goals.
- Commitment to Service
To engage the student-athlete in service to his or her campus and surrounding communities.