For the ninth year, the NCAA invited more than 230 current student-athletes, NCAA scholarship and grant recipients, all with an interest in working within the sports industry, to the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis May 31 – June 3. Four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association student-athletes participated in the event: Adrian football's Brandon Moody, Albion volleyball's Angela Adams, Kalamazoo football's Brad Bez, and Olivet track and field's Michaela Kaliniak.
Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. Many current and past attendees are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the student-athlete voice within the NCAA governance structure. The selection committee was comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA, many former forum participants themselves.
One of more than 40 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.
Kaliniak, currently the SAAC President for Olivet, shared her thoughts from her experience last week. "I could write pages on what I learned," said Kaliniak. "But mostly I learned some great new leadership skills that I cannot wait to bring back to Olivet. Each speaker gave us great advice as I start to prepare for my future after graduation from Olivet."
To read more about Kaliniak's experience, click here.
For more information on the Career in Sports Forum, visit NCAA.org