Supporting Student-Athlete Success | UMD

Supporting Student-Athlete Success | UMD


(upbeat instrumental music) – [Narrator] An institution
of higher education holds a powerful responsibility to educate the next generation of leaders, to help them develop both
personally and professionally, to prepare them to lead our
workplaces and our society. For decades Barry and Mary Gossett have generously supported
the University of Maryland. As volunteers, financial
supporters, and as fans. Their contributions are
woven into the fabric of our campus. An abiding commitment to
a mission of education, a deep affinity for our community, and a fierce pride for
our student athletes, are values that help define
Barry and Mary Gossett. The University of Maryland
is proud to announce a transformational
legacy gift to establish the Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. This gift will permanently
endow our student athlete academic support initiative. Building upon successful
programs to help our students balance the academic rigors
of a Big 10 university and the time commitment
required to compete at the highest levels
of college athletics. By providing tailored support
for our student athletes from the moment they step on the campus, the Gossett gift would build a foundation for a successful transition
to life after athletics for our students. The Gossett Center’s programming
is a model of innovation featuring three stages,
the path, the bridge, and the horizon. (upbeat instrumental music) Every Maryland student
athlete will be given personalized leadership and career support throughout their entire academic career. – This gift is huge
for Maryland Athletics. From the day our players
decide to be a Terp all the way through their graduation. Our academic support unit is with them every step of the way. – I love this gift from
Barry and Mary Gossett because they’re thinking
about the student athlete. They’re not thinking
about their four years while they’re here being an athlete, they’re thinking about their future. (upbeat instrumental music) – [Narrator] The Gossett Center will work with our student athletes
to create a unique plan for how they can bridge the
gap to a professional life beyond graduation. It will establish the
Gossett Fellowship Program and will provide invaluable
real world experience for students in their
particular field of interest. – A lot of our schedules
are very demanding, and having that constant support gives you a sense of comfort. You have those resources
that are here for you, that are here to help. For me personally, having
Barry and Mary by my side I wouldn’t have been able
to be where I am today if it wasn’t for the connections and they help that they’ve provided me. – As a student athlete it
was pretty tough to balance school and athletics, but I think Maryland really provided me with a lot of support and a system and a routine
to be able to do it. The life after sports piece
is so important to athletics and people like the Gossetts
and donors who support that are instrumental in
helping student athletes develop into people who are
amazing at everything in life, not just their sport. (upbeat instrumental music) – [Narrator] Support
for our student athletes will not end at graduation. The Gossett Center will provide
continuing opportunities for mentorships and career networking to create a dynamic
infrastructure where graduates can pay it forward to a new
generation of student athletes. – You had so many people who
were there and were willing to help you look into the
future and imagine things that in many cases you
couldn’t do simply on your own. And I think that mentorship
specifically really helped us as we began to explore what
would life be like after sports. – [Narrator] The path,
the bridge, the horizon. The Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence creates a roadmap for student
athletes to be successful from the time they step on
the campus, to graduation, and then as proud alumni in
their professional careers. To Barry and Mary, our
entire campus community extends our heartfelt thank you. – For your generosity. – For your spirit. – For your support of higher education. – For your commitment to me
and other students like me. – For everything. – [Narrator] The Barry
and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence. A transformative opportunity
for every student athlete at the University of Maryland. And a fitting tribute to the
legacy of passionate support of two of the university’s
greatest friends. (upbeat instrumental music)

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