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Milton Overton Jr., Florida A&M University’s athletics director, has a formula for producing champions. “A first-class education combined with a great student-athlete experience helps mold champions,” he said when he arrived on campus in June 2015 to begin rebuilding FAMU’s Athletics program. Molding champions has implications far beyond the sports arena, as indicated in the new Athletics slogan: “Building Champions in the Classroom, on the Field and in Life.” Within months of taking the helm of FAMU’s storied athletics program on

the track, gridiron, diamond, court and field, Overton launched the “Investing in Champions” campaign. It’s focused on strengthening the financial aspects of the program, as well as on finding unique ways to enhance the academic outcomes and offerings for student-athletes. Thousands of FAMUans have bought into Overton’s vision and have invested financially by donating and increasing their attendance at athletic games throughout the year. About 89 percent of the annual fundraising goal of $600,000 has already been met. Overton will quickly tell you that in order

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for FAMU Athletics to reach its full potential, it will take the support of the whole village. That village, he said, is anyone who believes that student-athletes deserve every chance possible to succeed. “We must collaborate to advance the mission of FAMU through athletics,” Overton said. Many people and organizations from around the country have answered Overton’s call, but among them is one organization that stands out from the crowd: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

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