Mizzou Athletics Adopts Unique Program to Help Student-Athletes Transition to Life After Sports

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Feb. 18, 2005

Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is introducing a unique new service for student-athletes to prepare them for transition careers when their athletic days are done.

The program, called Life After SportsTM encourages student-athletes to not lose site of making plans for when their playing days are done, and consists of transition preparation and career placement assistance. It will be available to all current and former student-athletes, and is believed to be the most in-depth transition and placement program of its kind for student-athletes anywhere in the United States.

The Life After SportsTM program was created and developed by two former University of Missouri student-athletes, the husband and wife team of Adrian McBride and Julie Dorn-McBride. They, along with many former athletes, teammates and friends, experienced this type of transitioning from the time demands and pressures of intercollegiate competition into new career paths. Other former athletes shared with the McBrides many stories of the difficulties they faced after graduation and of the planning and preparation they wished they had done while still in school.

"We're very pleased to partner with the McBride Group, a Columbia, Missouri based company, which originated this career transition and placement concept tailored specifically for student-athletes," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "This is an exciting and unique program that helps reinforce our commitment to their continuing development through the choice of a successful career path and the attainment of meaningful, personally-satisfying and rewarding employment after graduation," Alden explained.

"The bottom line," says Adrian McBride, "is that intercollegiate sports competition can be all-consuming of time and energy. Many athletes reach graduation having done little or no planning for their future life. At the same time, most possess many attributes important to becoming very successful in their future employment - commitment, confidence, teamwork, problem solving, and a strong desire to succeed," he said.

The Life After SportsTM program is designed specifically to help athletes prepare mentally, intellectually, and emotionally for the transition from the collegiate sports environment to productive, post-competition careers. Program activities will include career networking events, speaking programs, personalized career coaching, training in job interviewing, social skills coaching, personalized resume services, skill and interest evaluation, internship opportunities, interaction with former student-athletes, and job placement. Placement activities will also be available in the future to former student-athletes making career changes.

The McBride Group will be seeking assistance from individuals and companies in providing internships, mentoring, speaking and sponsoring events, and in various other ways.

Adrian McBride played football at Missouri from 1982-1985, followed by two years playing in the National Football League. He has spent the last 16 years involved in job recruiting, transition and placement. Adrian serves as the Managing Partner for the McBride Group.

Adrian is supported and encouraged in this endeavor by his wife, Julie Dorn-McBride. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Counseling from Missouri in 1991 and a Master's degree in Sports Management and Athletics Administration from Missouri in 1994. She was a two-time All-American gymnast at Mizzou, was the 1991 Big Eight Athlete-of-the-Year, and is a member of the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. After graduation, she spent seven years with the Big Eight and Big 12 Conference offices followed by four years as the Director of Special Events for the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club. She is presently employed as the Director of Suite Operations for the Mizzou Athletic Department.

The McBride Group can be reached at (573) 443-3217, or via the World Wide Web, at www.mcbridesports.com.

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