Military transition football program

Military Transition Football Program

TU Men’s Football Kickoff

Exhibition game versus the Georgia Warhawks
September 2 at 12pm at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Thomasville.


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TU is pleased to launch an unique and first-of-its-kind military transition program using collegiate athletics. The military transition football program will be comprised of individuals who have a military affiliation (veteran, guard, reserve). The inaugural season will be held this fall with the first game on September 2, 2023.

Why football?

“As service members they learn how to function as an individual in the context of a team. Football mirrors that and replicates the comradery of military life. This military transition football program will reinforce those skills and values while veterans prepare for future careers by completing a college degree” stated Stephen Ferguson, Vice President for Military and Corporate Relations.

In addition to mentoring from coaches, some with prior military service, TU is integrating its outstanding, national recognized counseling program to provide both mental health and career counseling services.  TU’s Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

According to Dr. Pauline Patrick, Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division at TU, “The best military transition programs recognize that the transition from military service to civilian life includes multiple social, physical, psychological and economic challenges. It is necessary to focus on and provide services for the ‘whole’ person. TU’s Military Transition Program will provide counseling, career services, structure, mentoring, education and other support services to assist these veterans.”

The University has hired Taniel Green-Wood as the Director of Counseling Services. In addition to being a veteran herself, Taniel brings years of experience in working with veterans through various service organizations. In addition to offering individual counseling, she will also be teaching a Transition course to all military students.

“We have nearly all the branches represented on our inaugural team. It is very exciting to have this program and see how our military students work together in an athletic context.” said Ferguson.

TU has a record of supporting service members and their families.  Their Center for Military Life supports the military community from enlistment through transition to civilian life.  TU is an Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) and a General Education Mobile (GEM) partner.  They are also an equivalent provider of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) contracting curriculum and have earned Military Friendly Spouse School and the last three years has been given Top 10 Military Friendly designations.

TU is part of the NAIA Division I Sun Conference.

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