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Ambrose Joins National Dialogue at NCAA’s Soccer Summit

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 20, 2015) – Once a standout college soccer player, Charles Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri, has an opportunity to have a positive impact on the sport at many levels through his participation in the National Soccer Summit.

UCM President Charles Ambrose
UCM President
Charles Ambrose

Hosted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Science Institute, the summit takes place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23-24 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Ind., and will be attended by NCAA coaches, student-athletes, clinicians, and administrators.  It will address a broad set of health and safety issues across the full spectrum of competition from youth through professional play. It also will explore soccer as a model for lifelong wellness. Discussion about the epidemiology of injuries in amateur soccer, the academic habits and substance use habits of student-athletes, sports medicine and science practices and athletic development are among discussion items.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to a sport that I have been involved with at many levels by being a part of this national dialogue on soccer,” Ambrose said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to be part of the discussion on health and safety issues that must be considered in order to build the best possible model for the sport of soccer.”

Ambrose became president of UCM in August 2010.  In addition to being a fervent supporter of issues such as college affordability and reducing student debt, he has been an active participant in a number of organizations that support student athletes. This includes previous service as a member and former chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and on the Executive Committee of the Association, chair of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Conference Carolina’s Presidents Councils, and member of the United States Tennis Association Committee on National Junior Tennis and Learning and Higher Education.

Long before he became UCM’s president, Ambrose studied at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Furman, he was a four-year letterman, three-time  member of the All-Southern Conference Team and captain of the soccer team.