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 Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program - University of Pittsburgh

Academic Excellence
Athletic Achievement
Career Development/Graduate School Preparation
Community Service
Financial Education
Health and Wellness
Leadership and Character Development
Personal Development
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The Cathy & John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program is dedicated to engaging student athletes in experiences that involve the University, local, and national communities through service, and exposes them to diverse groups and cultures while increasing awareness about vulnerable populations. Pitt's student-athletes take pride in giving back and being involved in the community. During the academic year, Pitt's student-athletes completed over 2,700 hours of community service.

In addition to serving the community, the Cathy & John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program utilizes community services as a resource for student-athletes personal development. Pitt student-athletes served nearly 3,000 hours of community service in the 2009-10 academic years. Some examples of programs and services include:

  • Pitt Athletes Working with Students (PAWS) program- Saturday programs focused on delivering physical education and life skills to children from the Oak Hill and Hill District communities
  • Children's Hospital Honorary Captain program and frequent Children's Hospital visits
  • KABOOM! Playground Builds and Habitat for Humanity

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