Oct. 31, 2013
PITTSBURGH--The Cathy & John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program hosted their 2nd Annual Legacy Night on Monday, October 14th at the University Club on campus.
"One of the commitments of the Cathy & John Pelusi Life Skills Program is to help student-athletes transition successfully to life after college and their sport. This Legacy Night was created as an opportunity for former student-athlete Panthers to share their transitional experiences with our current student-athletes," said Life Skills Coordinator Kelly O'Hara. "Experiences and topics covered throughout the night included transitioning out of an athletic identity, channeling competitive nature and drive, maintaining a balanced work life and life style, setting career goals, starting a family and advice on what to proactively do between now and graduation."
Along with having a dinner, seven Alumni from various sports and graduating classes (1977-2006) served on a panel for a Q & A session in front of the senior class student-athletes and then each facilitated a smaller group discussion.
"The small group discussion hour was the most engaging aspect of the evening. Student-athletes had the opportunity to truly connect with the Alumni and dive deeper into the personal anxieties and concerns some of our athletes are currently facing," O'Hara commented. "Our alumni were grateful and honored to participate and expressed strong interest in staying connected to continue the topic of transition conversations."
The current Pitt student-athletes very much appreciated the Alumni coming back to campus. "I learned a lot tonight," junior Amanda Wickman of the Women's Tennis team noted. "All of the Pitt Alumni telling us about their life experiences has really taught me to take advantage of everything Pitt has to offer."
The mission of the Cathy & John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program is to develop and prepare student-athletes for success while in college and for life after college, utilizing academic, athletic and community resources.