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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego State University believes in the philosophy that an athletic department’s priority is to enhance the student-athlete experience, with success academically, athletically, and personally. Through interactive workshops and unique learning opportunities, SDSU strives to provide senior student-athletes with experiences that will prepare them for success as they embark on their professional careers.


In preparation for this next step, graduating student-athletes participated in over 16 hours of content related to civic engagement, personal growth, and career development through the Aztecs Going Pro (AGP) program.


“I’m proud of the work our department continues to provide around developing life skills for our student-athletes,” John David Wicker, SDSU’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics said. “Our program is best in class within the NCAA and our staff delivers meaningful content for our students to ensure they graduate SDSU and are ready to thrive in life after college.”


Upon graduation, 31 student-athletes have full-time employment at companies such as the San Diego Padres, Stryker, Girls Inc & Gyrl Wonder, Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), San Diego Police Department, NBC Universal, Flock Freight, GDIT Naval Hospital, 549 sports, and so many more.


“It was incredible to be back in-person with our student-athletes this year. I am so proud of what our graduating seniors have accomplished during their time at San Diego State.” said Danielle Kelly, SDSU’s Student-Athlete Development Coordinator. “They have worked extremely hard both in and outside their respective sports, taking advantage of our Aztecs Going Pro program to help prepare for life after SDSU. They have developed many skills and resources they will be able to use to become leaders and excel in the workplace and their communities, including a strong network of Aztec alumni and supporters that have helped them start their careers. We are grateful for our over 80 different Aztec alumni, professionals and supporters who have helped our student-athletes prepare for a successful transition to life after SDSU.”


Out of the graduating seniors, 42 student-athletes completed an internship or career related work experience during their time at San Diego State. Reflecting on the importance of this preparation, one senior track & field student-athlete commented. “Aztecs Going Pro is such a great program for student-athletes to prepare and guide them to reach their professional goals.”


Many graduating Aztecs are in pursuit of a professional sports career – 19 students plan to play in the NFL, NBA or the PGA. Another 49 seniors are looking ahead at medical school, law school and graduate school programs across the country.


What our 2022 Aztec student-athlete grads are saying:


“It helped me get my mind clear and ready for life after my sport. It’s scary to think it’ll come to an end so soon, but it is reality. I am prepared for interviews, I know how to make connections, and most importantly I know I’ll always have the support of those who run the Aztecs Going Pro Program.” -Senior, men’s basketball


“It has prepared me in several different ways. From helping me network, preparing me for interviews, resume building and so much more.” -Senior, football


“It has helped in planning life after graduation, especially work life and how to get started.” – Senior, men’s tennis”This program opened my eyes to how to successfully transition after school and sport.” – Senior, baseball

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