INDIANA ATHLETICS EXCELLENCE ACADEMY
Indiana University recruits and develops student-athletes who: are able people of integrity who play by the rules; reach their highest academic potential and earn Indiana University degrees; reach their highest athletic potential and win championships; are unselfish leaders and teammates; represent IU with passion, appreciation, respect and distinction; are positive, responsible, inclusive and integrated with the University; and want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We call it The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. To help ensure that we meet the promise of The Spirit of Indiana, we have established The Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Excellence Academy.
The Excellence Academy is emerging as the nation's most innovative and comprehensive student-athlete development program. It is unique in its integration of athletic department and University resources to assess, measure and ensure progress toward specific personal development goals. The Academy's comprehensive programming provides for the development of the "whole person" of each individual student-athlete so that he or she grows to embody The Spirit of Indiana. The Academy fully integrates the athletic department's academic support and life skills development programs, innovative strength and conditioning regimens, advanced sports medicine and athletic training services, expert sports psychology staff, and a full-time, certified sports nutritionist, along with cutting-edge resources from other parts of the University, including the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the Office of the Provost (Chief Academic Officer), and the School of Education, among others.
The Academy utilizes individualized assessment and continuous, measured reflection to integrate formal education coursework with co-curricular experiences and athletic performance improvement techniques to help our student-athletes maximize their potential as they embody the tenets of The Spirit of Indiana: 24 Sports, One Team. Student-athletes will gain a detailed sense of who they are early in their academic careers; they will receive specific support for the unique challenges student-athletes face when transitioning in and out of the university setting; they will train their bodies and minds to reach their optimal athletic performance levels; they will learn to serve, lead and follow; they will become an integrated part of the broader University; and they will become confident young men and women prepared to face the world and join the workforce.