ImPACK is a "Life Skills" program designed to support the total development of NC State student-athletes. The mission of ImPACK is to provide an unmatched comprehensive life skills program for student-athletes that encourages their growth in decision making, enhances their interpersonal relationships, and enables them to make meaningful contributions to their communities. The ImPACK program consists of five major components:
THE ACADEMIC COMMITMENT
The primary goal is to educate student-athletes so they not only obtain a degree, but also develop an appreciation for learning in addition to the knowledge and skills that will carry them through life. The following topics are primarily covered in the first-year orientation course taught by academic coordinators in the Academic Support Program fro Student-Athletes (ASPSA).
THE ATHLETIC COMMITMENT
NC State pledges that all student-athletes will be provided with quality facilities, equipment, coaching and support services so each student can achieve his or her maximum potential both academically and athletically. Sensitivity to the dignity of the student-athlete is vital to the success of the department.
THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT COMMITMENT
The goal of this component is to explore and develop career options and to prepare student-athletes for an exciting long-term career. The goal is to aid our student-athletes in securing their first professional job in their chosen career after graduation. Services in this area include: career counseling, job fair, interviewing workshops, networking, resume writing, internships, summer employment, etc.
Graduating student-athletes are featured each year in the NC State Corporate Playbook, a publication that features photos and resumes of NC State student-athletes. It is put together by the NC State Student-Athlete Development/Community Relations department and is sent to a variety of businesses, government agencies and corporations. We welcome any partnership with companies that woud like to provide NC State student-athletes with a meaningful work experience. For more details, contact Tonya Washington at 919-515-2057 or mail the request to: Tonya Washington, NC State Athletics, Box 8507, Raleigh, N.C. 27695 or fax to 919-515-0735.
THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITMENT
The ImPACK program focuses on the individual as a whole person, and provides a system of balanced "life learning" that addresses the needs of the individual before and after graduation.
The areas that this commitment addresses include: Social Development, Personal Health, Fundamental Values, Emotional Health, Leadership Training/Citizenship.
THE SERVICE COMMITMENT
The ImPACK program supports the philosophy that student-athletes gain "leadership through service." Through their efforts, they make a positive contribution in an extensive community outreach program as well as develop a commitment to life-long service.
Making an ImPACK in the Community
ImPACK's outreach program places special emphasis on touching the lives of Wake County's thousands of school children. NC State student-athletes, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, are encouraged to provide tutoring and mentoring activities for children. This program seeks to avoid one-time events such as assemblies, and focuses instead on building long-standing personal relationships between the children and the student-athletes. Visits are also made to children at local hospitals.
During the 2010-2011 school year, Wolfpack student-athletes and staff reached thousands of people in the Triangle area through ImPACK's outreach efforts, including working with community programs such as Read-a-Thons, Habitat for Humanity, non-profit organization fundraisers, mentoring and other outreach programs.
The athletic department has also sponsored a Habitat for Humanity home, with Wolfpack student-athletes from all sports participating in the construction.