First Year Athlete Mentor Experience



The FAME program is designed to provide first year student-athletes with a safe environment where they can explore and discuss with a team mentor and/or SAVE (Student Athlete Volunteer Educator) members, the skills needed to succeed in the classroom, in sport, and in life.

FAME Educational Objectives

  • Assist first year student-athletes with the adjustment process of being a college athlete at Gustavus
  • Acquaint first year student-athletes with resources available at Gustavus
  • Create social connections between all first year student-athletes
  • Develop upperclass student-athlete leaders to mentor the first year student-athletes
  • Teach first year student-athletes how to lead themselves

Program Components

Some first year student-athletes are assigned an upper class mentor from their team. Mentees will meet individually with their mentor on average twice per month. 

SAVE members are an additional resource to first year student-athletes. SAVE members offer a variety of social functions to help first year student-athletes make connections with student-athletes from other teams, and also offer educational programs for first year student-athletes to help with the transition from high school to college. Programs are held the second Thursday of every month at 8pm during the fall semester.

Both team mentors and SAVE members incorporate the following:

  • Accountability, Commitment and Decision Making
  • Priority Management and Balance
  • Resourcefulness and Communication
  • Creating Social Connections
  • Campus Involvement
  • Staying Connected at Home