The University of Texas at Austin will launch a new center dedicated to addressing the many academic and personal issues faced by college athletes, the university announced Monday. The Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation, which will be led by Daron Roberts, a former NFL assistant coach, will promote faculty research related to college athletes, develop a financial literacy program, and create a training and certification program for high school coaches that would encourage early intervention for troubling or violent athlete behavior.
"As a society, we should be doing everything we can to leverage the enormous popularity of athletics to develop leaders and cultivate integrity," said Bill Powers, the university's president. "We've long known that sports can teach critical virtues like teamwork and discipline."
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