Second-Annual Summer Bridge Program Starts Wednesday
June 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Department of Athletics is set to begin its second-annual Summer Bridge Program, designed to help incoming student-athletes with their transition to the college prior to autumn semester. This summer, the program will host 60 participating student-athletes, representing 12 different varsity teams.

The second-year program opens with a kick-off social event Wednesday evening. The first session is served to excite the incoming student-athletes and provide them with a fun atmosphere where they could make friends and acquaint themselves with campus and what it means to be a Buckeye.

"I am very excited to be able to welcome our second class of Summer Bridge student-athletes on Wednesday evening," Adam Hatem, a facilitator of the Summer Bridge Program and SASSO academic counselor said. "I believe our inaugural class set a great foundation for the program and I am looking forward to using that momentum to take it to new heights this summer."

Gene Smith, Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director; Martin Jarmond, Executive Associate AD, Administration; and Dr. David Graham, Assistant Provost/Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success, will speak at the opening session and provide words of wisdom and the keys to success as a Buckeye on campus.

Participants will meet weekly with an academic coach or learning specialist to learn about essential transitional skills and resources (i.e. Carmen, Canvas, GradesFirst, time management, classroom etiquette, and learning strategies). In addition, there will be workshops that will educate and assist student-athletes in understanding the importance of academic success. These sessions will emphasize SASSO's commitment to a comprehensive program of academic and personal development for student-athletes.

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