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Career in Sports Forum Facilitator

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: learning the best ways to find a job. The Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA, brings together 200 selected student-athletes to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.

This unique, four-day forum is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, to give the opportunity to network and to learn from current athletics professionals. As a participant, student-athletes will hear from a variety of speakers and panelists during large, general sessions, and throughout the program engage with peers in focused, small-group classroom discussions called “Color Teams.”

Each year, the NCAA seeks volunteers to facilitate discussions and implement activities from a detailed professional development curriculum during the Color Team sessions at Career in Sports Forum. Facilitators must be current, full-time employees at an NCAA member institution, conference office or affiliate organization.

The 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum will take place June 4-7, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the NCAA national office.

Role of the Facilitator

As a facilitator at Career in Sports Forum, you will teach innovative curriculum and engage highly motivated NCAA student-athletes, coaches, and administrators in thoughtful dialogue around professional development and personal leadership, as well as the relevant industry-wide and job-specific information. You should be willing to serve as a guide rather than expert and exhibit the ability to step back and learn. To achieve the desired learning objectives and outcomes, you must be open to learning the curriculum, adopting the facilitative approach, and receiving, as well as providing, constructive peer feedback.

Facilitators are required to: attend facilitation training, attend the forum in its entirety, and also arrive prior to the start date of Career in Sports Forum for a facilitator refresh session.


Selected individuals are required to complete an in-depth, three-day training at the NCAA national office prior to the forum. During this engaging professional development experience, participants will enhance their facilitation knowledge and skills, partner and collaborate with a co-facilitator for assigned Color Teams, and learn how to facilitate the cutting-edge curriculum and conduct the outlined activities.

The required facilitator training for the 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum will be held at the NCAA national office April 30 to May 2, 2015. The NCAA will provide hotel accommodations. Facilitators should not contact the hotel directly regarding their reservation. The NCAA will cover the costs associated with lodging, meal and program materials. The only costs to the facilitators shall be hotel incidentals.

For those traveling to Indianapolis from more than 300 miles, the NCAA will cover the cost of flights, ground transportation in Indianapolis, parking at the airport of origin and baggage fees. Flyers who also have to drive to their airport of origin over 50 miles roundtrip will be reimbursed following the program at 53 cents per mile via the online NCAA reimbursement system.

Participants traveling from within 300 miles of Indianapolis will be required to drive and will be reimbursed following the program at 53 cents per mile for mileage over 50 miles roundtrip via the online NCAA reimbursement system. The NCAA will also cover the cost associated with parking at the hotel in Indianapolis.

Application Process

The online application opens January 26, 2015. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, February 19, 2015. Click here to access the online proposal submission form, via NCAA Program Hub. [NOTE: Creating a login will be necessary to access Program Hub]

Contact Us

For more information about becoming a facilitator at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, please contact Dawn Buth, associate director of leadership development, via email at or by phone at 317-917-6873. 

Key Dates

  • January 26, 2015 (Application opens)
  • February 19, 2015 (Application closes)
  • Week of March 16, 2015 (Applicants notified)
  • June 4-7, 2015 (Program dates)