Ever since Penn State’s Life Skills program was instituted in 1989, it has been committed to providing Penn State student-athletes with personal development, leadership and community service opportunities. Since its inception, Penn State’s Life Skills program has been on the leading front of student-athlete personal development education and was a consulting resource for the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, which officially launched in 1994. After continued years of growth, in 1997 Penn State’s Life Skills Program received an endowment by Art and Paige Nagle to ensure the future of the program and the future of Penn State student-athletes’ personal development success. In 1997 the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes officially renamed the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program to the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program in honor of the Nagle family. In 1998 the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program received the NCAA Program of Excellence Award. Penn State’s Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program continues to make strides and grow, today overseeing and taking part in over 50 events and programs each year.
The mission of the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program is to provide a systematic personal development program designed to reach each student-athlete based on his/her individual needs. The program focuses on the individual as a whole person – academically, athletically, and emotionally – and on the changing needs and skills of that individual during the college years and after graduation. providing a well-rounded curriculum of topics structured into five key commitments, the program stresses the following critical areas of development.
- Commitment of Academic Excellence
- Commitment to Athletic Excellence
- Commitment to Personal Development
- Commitment to Career Development
- Commitment to Service
The Nagle Report
Through the generous endowment of the Nagles, the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program has been able to continually provide Penn State student-athletes with community outreach events, personal development programs, seminars, distinguished speakers and countless other opportunities. In order to honor, thank and show the Nagle Family all that their endowment allows the program to do each year the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills team creates the Nagle Report.
The staff Nagle Report is a semester report that summarizes each program implemented by the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. This report is a combination of post event write-ups and pictures, and is given to the Nagles at the end of each semester.
The Nagle Family
Dedicated to education, athletics, giving back and Penn State, Arthur and Paige Nagle have been generous donors to several areas of Penn State. Some of the Nagle’s donations have supported the Penn State Educational Partnership Program to help disadvantaged youth succeed academically, the construction of the Bryce Jordan Center, a campaign to support the library, trustee scholarships and several different aspects of intercollegiate athletics. In addition to endowing the CHAMPS/Life Skills Programs, the Nagles have also established various endowments and supported numerous capital projects at Penn State. In 2001 Art and Paige were named the first recipients of the Penn State Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Award.
Art Nagle is a 1961 graduate of the College of the Liberal Arts and his wife Paige, a Penn State Honorary Alumna, is a Northwestern graduate of the School of Speech. Today Art is the Managing Director of the private investment firm Vestar Capital Partners and Paige runs her own interior design firm. Art and Paige currently live in Bronxville, N.Y. and have one daughter and one son. The Nagle family continues to support Penn State and Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics in a multitude of ways.