The University of Akron Athletic Department Implements SA360 Student-Athlete Success Program From Evolution Labs

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THE ZIPS adopt SA360 program from Evolution Labs as a required component of its student-athlete success curriculum.

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SA360 will enable Akron to strengthen its engagement with student-athletes and increase their likelihood of furthering their success both on and off the field.

Evolution Labs announced today that Akron has adopted its SA360 platform as a required part of its student-athlete experience across all of its men’s and women’s NCAA teams. SA360 provides student-athletes with engaging mobile app and web-based content on topics ranging from health and wellness to avoiding risk behavior, to assessing and improving their academic skills. Akron joins other top intercollegiate athletic departments that have integrated the platform into their core programming, including Louisiana State University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Maryland.

“The university and the athletic department are committed to fostering students’ success as scholars, athletes and citizens,” said Mary Lu Gribschaw, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Akron. “SA360 uses smart technology to deliver content in a manner that’s more compelling and convenient to student-athletes, while enabling the athletic department to provide timely support and advice throughout the academic year. SA360 can help student-athletes whether they’re on campus or traveling to an away game.”

SA360 covers important success topics, including mental health, physical fitness, study and test-taking skills, time management skills, drug and alcohol use, sexual assault, NCAA compliance and career preparedness. It employs pulse surveys, social media, interactive self-tests and digital video to keep students returning for regular updates. In addition, the platform can be configured to work as part of an existing course or as an independent required curriculum.

“Akron is extremely forward-thinking in their efforts to support student-athletes,” said Peter Kraft, CEO at Evolution Labs. “SA360 will enable Akron to strengthen its engagement with student-athletes and increase their likelihood of furthering their success both on and off the field.”

About University of Akron Athletics The storied history of Akron athletics dates back more than 100 years. John Heisman, the great innovator of football coaching and namesake of the Heisman Trophy, coached the Zips in 1893.

More recently, Zips football moved into a modern, on-campus stadium, making it easy for students and their friends to attend games.

Today, UA fields 18 men's and women's varsity teams, comprised of more than 450 student-athletes. We compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (the highest level of collegiate football) of NCAA Division I athletics. We are members of the Mid-American Conference.

UA is home to the 2010 Men's Soccer National Champions, as well as the 2015 FBS Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Champions.

About Evolution Labs Spanning the entire student lifecycle, Evolution Labs is vastly improving the engagement experience between schools and students. The company’s proprietary S360 and P360 programs help schools drive enrollment and retention, and also gain the alliance and influence of parents. Its SA360 program delivers critical success content to college student-athletes, and the company's Suite360 program engages K-12 students in highly immersive content around character development and social & emotional learning.

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