Our LYFE Mission

Leaders Yearning for Excellence (LYFE): Beyond the Spear is a development program intended for all student athletes, but specifically caters to the social, intellectual, and academic well-being of Black/African American male student-athletes that attend Florida State University.

LYFE operates within five Spears

1. Personal Branding: Creating Your Self-Image

2. Cultural Connections: Leveling the Playing Field

3. Game Planning: Knowing How to Play the Game

4. Total Growth: In-Game Adjustments

5. Be the G.O.A.T.: Defining Your Legacy

With the incorporation of these Spears into our program’s educational sessions, our goals are to increase academic motivation and success as well as create awareness of potential career opportunities. Ultimately, LYFE will emphasize the pipeline towards graduation for our student-athletes, specifically that of our African American student-athletes.

This program encompasses the shared values of the Florida State athletic department and Florida State University campus community, and ultimately add to each student-athlete’s educational experience during their academic career at Florida State University.

Our LYFE Responsibility

The Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) department of the Florida State University Athletics Department understands that there is a need for investigation and special attention to the academic success of African American/Black-male student athletes based on current trends in graduation data. This need led to the formation of Leaders Yearning for Excellence: Beyond the Spear (LYFE).



Please enjoy the video produced by Seminoles.com about LYFE below.