A Pair of MIAA Student-Athletes Selected for Participation in NCAA Career in Sports Forum

A Pair of MIAA Student-Athletes Selected for Participation in NCAA Career in Sports Forum

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA recently selected Trine’s Ryleigh Gordon and Alma’s Brent Luplow for participation in the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.

Gordon, a native of Okemos, Mich., was one of two student-athletes from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selected for participation in the forum. Gordon is a sport management major who is a member of the women's golf team at Trine. As a junior Gordon competed as a member of the top group of Thunder golfers throughout the year, helping the team to a fourth-place finish in the MIAA. Gordon set a new career-best mark in average score per round this season. 

Read more about Gordon's journey here.

Luplow, a native of Clare, Mich., has been a leader on Alma's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, became aware of the opportunity while he was attending the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in January.  A secondary education and business administration major, Luplow received the True Scot Award at this year's Scotty Awards - given to the senior student-athlete who best represents their team on and off the field, and someone who exemplifies what it means to be a well-rounded student-athlete.

After working for the Alma Sports Information office for four years and as the sports editor for The Almanian student newspaper, Luplow states that his long-term goal is to become an athletic director. 

Read more about Luplow’s journey here.

The NCAA is inviting more than 200 student-athletes and NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients with an interest in working within the sports industry to the Career in Sports Forum. A committee within the NCAA membership selected the participants. 

"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 and 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."

One of more than 20 annual programs and resources 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 will hear from keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by LaChina Robinson, former women's basketball player at Georgia Tech and current TV analyst; Stevie Baker-Watson, director of athletics at DePauw University; and Craig McPhail, vice president of athletics and club sports 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 at the Next Steps Fair, hosted in the NCAA Hall of Champions.

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