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About SASO

The Student Athletes Speak Out (SASO) project was created by Dr. Carolyn Atkins, over two decades ago in the 1990's. Student athletes enrolled at West Virginia University, in Atkins' Effective Public Speaking class, develop personal stories of motivation and inspiration to share with WV middle school students and the Morgantown community to promote character education on the following topics:

Other goals of the SASO program include:

SASO DVDs and videos that feature West Virginia University student-athletes speaking about character education topics are available upon request. The SASO website offers additional information, lesson plans, and links on character education and academic topics.

Note: Private schools in West Virginia may request the SASO DVD, Volume II if they can provide documentation that the highest grade level in the school is the 8th grade. The request and the documentation may be sent to