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 Career in Sports Forum was an amazing, life-changing experience,” commented Romeo. “As we learned how to build relationships with others in the athletic community, I gained a greater appreciation for the NCAA and the people that make college athletics possible. I am so incredibly thankful for the learning opportunity.”
“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.”
Romeo, a 2012 graduate of Moline High School, will be a junior on the women’s basketball team and is a two-year letter winner. She is the daughter of Tony and Kelly Romeo of Moline, Ill.