College of Charleston Basketball Hall of Famer to Host Free Program for Student-Athletes

On Saturday, August 11th, the College of Charleston’s Office of Institutional Diversity, in partnership with the DAE Foundation, will host “The Power of the Student-Athlete,” a free, open-to-the-public event designed to offer guidance for middle and high school athletes, parents, coaches and anyone interested in maximizing the opportunities available in post-high school athletics. The event will take place at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

“The Power of the Student-Athlete” will feature a presentation by Jermel President, CEO Of the DAE Foundation and College of Charleston Basketball Hall of Famer. During the event, he will discuss his personal history as a student-athlete, his wins and losses in the Charleston area, and his upcoming documentary Both Sides of Calhoun. He will cover topics associated with student-athletes like:

  • ACT/SAT test taking
  • Clearinghouse info
  • How to develop great time management skills
  • Is Social Media your resume?
  • Is travel ball and high school your only platform?
  • Branding and Marketing your worth
  • Recruiting tips
  • The "OATMEAL RECIPE" and much more

“Our goal is to help close the opportunity gap,” President said referring to the challenges student-athletes face when trying to get the top spots and scholarships.

President knows firsthand the importance having a plan. Following his successful tenure playing for the Cougars men’s basketball team, President now spends his days educating and training student-athletes to become skilled, effective, and responsible citizens of their communities through the DAE Foundation.

Working to address the needs of student-athletes in a holistic manner, the DAE Foundation combines innovative basketball skills training with an emphasis on moral character, academic progress, and overall physical and mental health. In doing so, DAE not only helps student-athletes play competitively, but also assists them in developing skills to succeed far beyond the sports arena.

DAE’s focus on creating involved community members includes working to promote diversity. It is this emphasis that drives its partnership with the College’s Office of Institutional Diversity, which is the main sponsor of the event.

“All the research shows that the more diverse a community is, the better that community is going to be,” Renard Harris, chief diversity officer of the College of Charleston, said. Harris oversees the Office of Institutional Diversity, which is responsible for creating and guiding programs and initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

“’The Power of the Student-Athlete’ will be a good conversation starter for both students and families,” says President. “I am excited to share my knowledge as we, the community, work together to put our student-athletes on a path towards success.”

You can register for "The Power of the Student-Athlete" by clicking here.

For more information of President and the DAE Foundation, visit jermelpresident.com.

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