Sept. 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH – The women’s swimming and diving team was named the 2011-12 champions of the annual Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Challenge, which was announced Monday evening.
As a part of the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program, the Battle of the Panthers encourages teams to improve in academic achievement, athletic achievement, career development and graduate school preparation, community service, personal development, health and wellness, leadership and character development and financial education. As the champion of the Battle of the Panthers, the Swimming and Diving team wins the Life Skills Program Cup.
“It is great to see our kids involving themselves with the community and supporting the other teams on campus,” head coach Chuck Knoles said. “We strive to have our student-athletes be as well-rounded as possible, and that includes being able to balance their academics, athletics and community outreach programs.”
From the first day of second six week summer courses to the Friday of the second week of April, student-athletes earn points for their participation in Life Skills Program events. The amount of points depends on the percentage of a team that attends an event. Scholar Athlete Awards and GPA determine points for academic achievement. Student-athletes earn points for athletic achievement through Big East Championship and National Championship titles and attendance at other teams’ games that are designated as Panther Pride Performances.
Now in its third year of competition, the swimmers and divers have claimed two of the first three titles. The men’s swimming and diving team won the inaugural cup during the 2009-10 academic year.