Three Luther College student-athletes attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, held June 5-8 in Indianapolis, Ind. The three were part of the 200 participants that were selected out of more than 1,100 applicants from all levels of the NCAA. Transportation, hotel accommodations, meals and program materials of the four-day forum was paid for by the NCAA.
This was the fifth year the NCAA Leadership Development department sponsored this event to provide student-athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.
During the forum, participants heard from keynote speakers and panelists who provided insights into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities and also learned best practices for gaining employment and gathering better understanding of what future expectations will be once they are employed.
Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports and who were viewed as leaders on their campus were invited to the Career in Sports Forum after being nominated by the athletics administrators at their respective schools.
Luther student-athletes who attended the Career in Sports Forum were Kylie Romeo ‘16, women’s basketball (Moline, Ill., Moline HS), Dylan Smallwood ’16, football (Papillion, Neb., Papillion-La Vista South HS), and Shelby Steele ’14, women’s soccer (Rochester, Minn., Century HS).
“The NCAA Career in Sports Forum was a once in a lifetime experience where I had the opportunity to hear from and meet many professionals in the sports world,” commented Smallwood. “All participants were given advice and tools to start a very successful career in sports. We also had the added bonus of networking with people from all sides of college and professional athletics to get our career paths started.”
“I am excited that our student-athletes had this amazing experience,” stated senior women’s administrator Renae Hartl. “We are so fortunate that the NCAA continues to provide opportunities like this one for us to grow and develop aspiring future coaches and administrators.”
Smallwood, a 2012 graduate of Papillion La-Vista South High School, will be a junior on the football team and is a two-year letter winner. He is the son of Scott and Maureen Smallwood of Papillion, Neb.
Papillion La-Vista South