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Personal Development

A Commitment to Personal Development ensures that each student-athlete participating in Vanderbilt Athletics will be provided with opportunities to focus on personal growth issues such as clarifying values, setting goals, and learning fiscal responsibility. Each component will be focused toward developing a healthy lifestyle.

Summer Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is designed to assist incoming student-athletes in their transition into Vanderbilt University’s. Workshops are administered to educate the student-athletes on the importance of academics, integrity, character, and leadership in positive representation of Vanderbilt University. These sessions emphasize Vanderbilt’s commitment to preparing our student-athletes to become leaders and champions in life.

As a result of these workshops, students should:

  • Develop an understanding of Vanderbilt University’s Academic Support for Student-Athletes.
  • Become familiar with utilizing on-campus resources.
  • Better understand academic expectations and college culture.
  • Acquire insight on the importance of time management, classroom etiquette and success strategies.
  • Identify and address issues face by students on a college campus.



Financial Literacy

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Student Wellbeing



Social Media Presence

‘Be an ANCHOR’ Leadership Program

The Be and Anchor Leadership Program aims to create a culture of leadership by educating and equipping student-athletes with life long leadership practices for success on and off the field. Leadership-based educational workshops allow for the student-athletes to define effective leadership, identify personal visions, examine effective leadership styles and skills, and ultimately develop their own philosophy of leadership.

Health Enhancement Committee

The Health Enhancement Committee is comprised of health care professionals and support service members that work together for the benefit of the student-athlete.

Our purpose is to recognize any student-athlete issues that arise as part of their student-athlete experience and address them through a multi-disciplinary approach.  We want to educate the student-athlete to become better aware of their overall health (physical, mental, and emotional) that will translate into allowing them achieve their full athletic potential. We also want to develop programs to assist the student-athlete to become better overall individuals for their future beyond their collegiate careers.

Lori Alexander
Senior Associate AD – Soccer, Tennis, Sports Medicine
Jessica Bennett
Registered Dietitian
Alda Burston, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Eugene Henderson, M.S., Assistant AD for Academic Support and Academic Counselor
Sara Melby MA, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Jenny Owens, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Intern
Alison Wenzel, M.A.
Assistant AD for
Student Athlete

Dr. Vickie Woosely
Sports Psychologist