Special Lectures

Prof. Michael Sagas

Department Chair and Professor, Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management at University of Florida

Date: July 18th, 2017

Topic: “Athlete Development”

Unfortunately, only a few athletes can be on top of the sports world and achieve their ultimate goals; most of them spend a lot of their time to be the greatest though. Because athletes spend much of their time dedicated to their sport at an early age, they usually lack the ability to acquire essential life skills in other areas while growing up, and this sad reality causes lack of competence, readiness, and confidence and has a bad impact on athletes’ self-development.


“If you’re a 12-and-under kind, you really don’t need to be playing seven days a week. Your experience could be much narrower than that and still be complete or holistic,” said Prof. Sagas during the lecture.


Understanding concept of Athlete Development Literacy model and formulating strategies on how to give proper intervention to the athletes were some of topics that special guest speaker, Prof. Michael Sagas presented to future sport administrators at DTM on July 18th, 2017.


Prof. Sagas, Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management at University of Florida, presented how important athlete development literacy is after their athlete career. He emphasized that proper and effective interventions on athletes are necessary to leverage opportunities, overcome barriers, and cope with challenges.


[Prof. Michael Sagas is explaining the philosophy of Athlete Development Literacies.]

“Understanding of Athlete Development Literacy model is important to experience overall well-being inside and outside of the athletic arena. The model was designed to analyze and explain the necessity for the athletes to acquire the knowledge, awareness, skills and confidence which are required to make sound decisions on how to utilize available resources,” he said.


[Prof. Michael Sagas is answering the students’ questions after his lecture.]

“Athletes should perceive the model as an intervention tool which helps to improve their sports performance and success in lives away from and after sports no matter where he/she from,” he added.


Students had a few effective questions to the speaker after the lecture, and Prof. Sagas has kindly answered every question by giving the examples of case study in NHL and demonstrating a real life story of athletes.


[Group photo of Dream Together Master students and Prof. Michael Sagas after the special lecture.]