The University of Maryland has announced a $21.25 million gift from Barry and Mary Gossett to establish an innovative support model for student-athlete success.
The Barry and Mary Gossett Center for Academic and Personal Excellence will work to ensure the development of UMD's student-athletes in both athletics and academics, with a focus on the critical post-graduation gap in collegiate student-athlete development and the fact that few student-athletes go on to play their sport professionally. The center also will work to enhance and expand programming offered through what is currently called the Academic Support and Career Services Unit in the university's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The three-part model includes the Path, a cluster of activities and programs designed to assist participants in developing personal, career, and development goals; the Bridge, which will provide participants with access to mentors who help them prepare to pursue their goals after graduation; and the Horizon, an initiative focused on helping participants give back to current students through the TERPS Career Network, an electronic platform that connects current and former student-athlete graduates.
"This remarkable gift will give our student-athletes the best support available to succeed academically, further their personal growth, and tackle the unique challenges they face," said University of Maryland president Wallace D. Loh. "Barry and Mary Gossett have always been there for our students, but their generosity and vision in funding this center will leave a lasting imprint on young lives."