Missouri State University

Bear Cup (CHAMPS/Life Skills)

Quest for the Cup 

The Bear Cup is the trophy given to the Missouri State Athletic Team that successfully gains more points in the Five Commitment areas of our Life skills program. It will provide coaches and student-athletes with the opportunity to promote success and unity in the five commitment areas of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.  The goal of the competition is simple.  Attend events in each category to earn points for your team.  At the end of the year, points will be totaled and team winner of the Bear Cup will be crowned at the annual “Bears All –Sport Showcase”. 

The Bear Cup competition helps student-athletes succeed in all that the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program encompasses.  Through a fun and challenging competition, the Bear Cup encourages involvement on many levels.  It allows student-athletes to earn credit for participating in opportunities they might already be active in.  The Bear Cup competition will also reveal which coaches are committed to helping their student-athletes grow and build unity among teams as well as within them.

Categories of the Bear Cup

Student Development

This category offers both teams and individuals an opportunity to attend workshops and seminars that will encourage student-athletes to strive for their personal potential.  Examples of student development seminars include substance abuse workshops, diversity awareness, nutrition, and healthy body image.

Athletic Excellence

This category encourages student-athletes to support fellow BEARS in competition.  Each week, student athletes will have the opportunity to attend home events of their peers.  For major games against ranked teams or rivals, we may offer double points for attending.  Teams will also have the opportunity to help market another team’s competition for additional points. 

Academic Achievement

This category provides opportunities for student-athletes to challenge themselves academically through attending workshops covering topics such as study skills, time management, and test anxiety.  The academic category also provides a chance for teams to compete for the highest team GPA.

Career Development

The career category encompasses a wide variety of workshops and seminars designed to prepare student-athletes for the working world.  Seminars could include anything from resume writing, dressing for success, interviewing tips and conducting a job search. 

Community Service

This category refers to the BEAR tradition of community involvement.  Points are awarded to individuals and teams for participating in Bear Care service projects in the Greater Springfield community.