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Career in Sports Forum

Participants at the 2013 Career in Sports Forum in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Participants at the 2013 Career in Sports Forum in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions.

Each year, more than 460,000 student-athletes participate in 23 sports at more than 1,100 NCAA member institutions. Regardless of the sport they play (or how well they perform), student-athletes all have one thing in common when they graduate: the need to find a job.

The Career in Sports Forum (CSF) is an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA that brings together 200 selected student-athletes for four days to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The CSF is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, to give them the opportunity to network and to learn from current athletics professionals.

Over 200 NCAA Student-Athletes and Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients Invited to 2014 CSF

Future Career in Sports Forum

  • Dates: June 4-7, 2015
  • Location: NCAA National Office, Indianapolis

Participant Eligibility/Criteria

  • Institutions may nominate up to 10 student-athletes to complete the application.
  • Nominated student-athletes are required to have been athletically eligible as well as participated in an NCAA-sponsored sport during the 2013-14 academic year (Student-athletes who will have graduated prior to the forum are also eligible to participate).
  • Institutions are strongly encouraged to consider diversity in the areas of sport, gender and ethnicity/race when nominating student-athletes.
  • Previous Career in Sports Forum participants are not eligible to reapply.

Key Dates

  • Winter 2015: Student-athletes may be nominated by their institution via the NCAA Program Hub.
  • Spring 2015: All participant application materials submitted, including a resume.
  • May: Applicants notified of application status as well as travel information, pre-work and next steps.
  • June 4-7, 2015: Career in Sports Forum held in Indianapolis.

By attending the Career in Sports Forum, participants will:

  • Consider how personal values intersect with career opportunities
  • Better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness
  • Develop actionable plans for personal growth and development
  • Gain an accurate view of the role of the intercollegiate coach or athletics administrator
  • Benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision-makers on campus and at the NCAA

Cost of Attending

There is no registration fee associated with attending the Career in Sports Forum. The NCAA will cover the costs of:

  • Flights
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Ground transportation in Indianapolis
  • Meals during the program
  • Program materials

Participants will be reimbursed following the program for:

  • Mileage (at 53 cents per mile for mileage over 50 miles roundtrip either to the program for those that live within 300 miles of Indianapolis or to the airport of origin)
  • Fees for one (1) checked bag
  • Airport parking

Registration/Nomination/Application Process

  • All application materials must be submitted by the nominated student-athlete.
  • Beginning Monday, February 10, institutions may nominate student-athletes via the “Nominator” tab in NCAA Program Hub by entering the interested applicants’ first name, last name and e-mail address.
    • Please note: Only those designated in the NCAA Program Hub as Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and Student-Athlete Affairs Administrator can enter the nomination information.
  • Nominated student-athletes will receive an email that will direct them to the NCAA Program Hub to complete a profile and submit their application through the “Application” tab.
    • Please note: Only nominated student-athletes who have completed a profile on NCAA Program Hub will be able to review the application.
  • To access the application, nominated student-athletes will click on the login button under the “Returning User” section in Program Hub and click the “Password Unknown” link to reset their password and setup their profile using the e-mail addresses used to nominate them.

Selection Process

  • A selection committee consisting of individuals from the membership will review and score the applications.
  • A total of 200 student-athletes will be selected as participants.
  • The questions and requirements for application will be scored as follows:
    • Explain why you have chosen to pursue a career in athletics (20 point maximum score)
    • Identify one positive impact athletics has on society and how you would reinforce this as either an administrator and/or coach (5 point maximum)
    • Identify one negative impact athletics has on society and how you would address this as either an administrator and/or coach (5 point maximum)
    • Explain how as either an administrator and/or coach you plan to emphasize the importance of high academic achievement to student-athletes (5 point maximum)
    • Explain how as either an administrator and/or coach you will emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in athletics (5 point maximum)
    • Resume (10 point maximum)

Facilitator Application

If you have any questions regarding the Career in Sports Forum, please contact:

Dawn Buth
Associate Director
Telephone: 317/917-6873