BE Great

BE Great was launched in January of 2009 as a life skills program dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success.

Throughout the year, many UCSB student-athletes are featured as Great Examples as part of the BE Great program.

The BE Great initiative is part of UCSB Athletics' Dare to Be Great program, the strategic plan to provide support for student-athlete scholarship costs, operating resources, and athletics facilities upgrades. The focus is also on funding women's athletics programs at UCSB, community outreach, and developing every student-athlete into a leader.

For information on UCSB Athletics' Dare to Be Great program, please click here.

The Golden Eagle Awards honors a student-athlete from each program who has the highest grade point average during the year. For information on The Golden Eagle Awards, please click here.

UCSB's Student Athletic Advisory Board (SAAB), which is made up of several student-athletes across all 20 teams, is the core of the BE Great program. For information on SAAB, please click here.

To read about the UCSB student-athletes who have overcome tremendous odds and are Great Examples, please click here.

Every spring, UCSB Athletics hosts the SB Awards, an end-of-year banquet celebrating the previous year in Gaucho sports. For more information on The SB Awards, please click here.