Faculty Mentor Program –
Faculty & Athletes: A Winning Combination
In the spirit of promoting faculty/student interaction at MIT, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) along with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, is organizing a program for interested faculty to adopt or mentor a varsity athletic team. This program is under the direction of Assistant Director of Athletics John Benedick.
More specifically, it is hoped that faculty "mentors" would be available to talk with student-athletes, especially about conflicts between academics and athletics, but also about their undergraduate lives generally. Mentors would be expected to attend an early season practice to introduce themselves, and to attend at least two home competitions during the season. The working group foresees a one-year commitment, renewable if both sides are satisfied.
Longer term ideas include social gatherings during each season, bringing together athletes, coaches, and mentors, perhaps at a dinner, and the possibility of underwriting travel by mentors to away contests.
Faculty who are interested in taking part should contact Mentor Program Coordinator Kari Hebert at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 17th , so that assignments can be made. Faculty should feel free to identify sports in which they have a particular interest or with which they have particular experience.