North Adams, MA- Over the past weekend, three Trailblazers had the opportunity to attend the 2019 NCAA Career in Sports Forum at the association's headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. Attending the three day forum from MCLA were L'Rae Brundige (Women's Basketball), Hunter Woodbury (Golf), and Megan Richardson (Women's Soccer). The Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA, brings together 200 student-athletes to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on college athletics.
Nominated student-athletes are required to have been athletically eligible, as well as participated, in an NCAA-sponsored sport during the current academic year. The forum is open to students who are either Juniors or Seniors at their respective institutions and each campus can nominate up to five students.
This unique, four-day forum is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to network and learn from current athletics professionals.
Richardson, who earned the Trailblazers top female scholar athlete award last month, truly enjoyed her experience and think it will bode well for her when she embarks on her professional career.
"I am so grateful to have been selected as a participant in the Career in Sports Forum. I met so many passionate student-athletes from across the nation as well as many engaging and enthusiastic speakers who have careers in sport. I learned a lot about not only myself at the forum but also about my future career in coaching within the NCAA." Richardson stated.
The cutting-edge topics covered by industry experts include: how personal values intersect with career opportunities, how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness, the key professional and career development information to assist with transition from a student-athlete to a professional, and the role of the college coach or athletics administrator. Participants will network with peers, as well as key decision-makers at the campus, conference and national level of college athletics.
Brundige, a four year member of the women's basketball program at MCLA and a recent graduate, called the forum a life changing experience.
"All of the panelists left an impact on my thought process, and I was never intellectually bored, I was always engaged and learning," Brundige reflected on her time in Indy.
Woodbury offered similar feedback on attending the event this past weekend. "The Career in Sports Forum was an amazing experience. I was able to network with many young professionals and gain knowledge about the sporting world from intelligent and inspirational speakers. I am very fortunate to have been selected to attend the forum!"
MCLA has been fortunate as the college has sent numerous student athletes to the forum over the years. All of the Trailblazers who have attended used the forum as a launching pad to their respective careers. Some alumni have moved on into coaching while others into administration.
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