Funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education and the University of Pennsylvania
Kurt A. David appropriately notes “100% of pro athletes ultimately experience job termination.” This is an inescapable reality for all student-athletes, especially those who do not get to play professionally. In response to this reality, the Wei LAB developed an initiative to strengthen the post-graduation trajectories for student-athletes. The program was implemented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Athletic Department and open to all student-athletes. Black male student-athletes was strongly encouraged to participate as research has shown that they are less likely to graduate than their peers. The program was designed in a manner that harnesses curricular, co-curricular, and on the field leadership training to strategically develop and support post-graduation options. This comprehensive multi-faceted program is referred to as The Beyond the Game (BTG). BTG directly confronts the challenge of student-athletes expiring their eligibility to play without identifying viable career alternatives to professional sports. In turn, the program utilizes comprehensive career counseling and support services to expose athletes in general, and Black male student-athletes in particular to post-graduation options. Upon the expiration of grant and institutional funded, BTG was spun-out into a university start-up company – Beyond the Game Solutions, LLC.