NCAA Leadership Development
STORRS, Conn. – For the eighth year, the NCAA is inviting more than 230 current student-athletes to its Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. and three UConn athletes will be present for the event from June 1-4.
Women’s ice hockey’s Marisa Maccario, women’s soccer’s Faith McCarthy, and rowing’s Rachel Signor were each selected to participate by a committee from the NCAA membership due to their interest in working in the sports industry.
The American Athletic Conference will be sending 13 student-athletes in all, with UCF leading the way with four invitations.
Participants not only expressed an interest in the sports industry, but also were viewed as leaders on their campuses and nominated accordingly by athletic administrators at their respective schools.
The selection committee is comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA, with many being former forum participants themselves.
“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer.
“Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes, postgraduate scholarship recipients in a non-traditional academic setting where they can learn directly from successful leaders, which can have a positive impact on their future after graduation,” added Franklin.
One of more than 45 annual conferences and seminars organized and directed by the NCAA leadership development department, the Career in Sports Forum provides college athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on college athletics.
The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in the sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.
Forum attendees, with representation from 73 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women’s basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College.
The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.