Big East creates program to help freshman adjust to college

The Big East announced this week the creation of a program designed to prepare incoming freshman to the expectations of college athletics, called the “Freshman Fundamentals Program.”

Similar to how rookies in the pros are given advice and placed in seminars on how to conduct themselves off-the-court, handle their finances and whatever else they might run into, Big East freshman are now able to participate in the Freshman Fundamentals Program in order to receive similar guidance.

 Announced by Big East Senior Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball, Stu Jackson, this program will bring freshman from all 10 participating Big East schools, to be chosen by each institution’s discretion. 40 student-athletes are set to attend.

“We are very excited to conduct our first Freshmen Fundamentals Program, which is designed to help our incoming men’s basketball players deal with the many demands they will face in the classroom and as high-profile athletes in the BIG EAST Conference,” said Jackson.

“Our schools and coaches are committed to developing their student-athletes as complete individuals, and this program will offer a variety of strategies they can use in college – both on and off the court — and later in life.”

The program will feature speeches and presentations from numerous former Big East basketball stars such as the Milwaukee Bucks’ Greg Monroe (Georgetown 08’-10’) and Denver Nuggets’ Randy Foye (Villanova 02’ – 06’), there to share their stories of success and shed light on what will be expected from student-athletes such as themselves.

The program will be held in New York City on Sept. 12-13.

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