NCAA Career in Sports Forum
Each year, more than 400,000 student-athletes participate in 23 sports at more than 1,000 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.
Hosted annually by the NCAA, the NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF) is a four-day event that brings together 200 selected student-athletes to learn about careers in sports.
By attending the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, participants will:
- Consider how their 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.
Upcoming NCAA Career in Sports Forums
- Date: June 5-8, 2014
- Location: NCAA National Office [700 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204]
- Hotel Accommodations: J.W. Marriott [10 S. West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204]
Cost of Attending
- There is no registration fee associated with attending the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
- The NCAA will cover the costs of:
- 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 checked bag.
- Airport parking costs.
- February 10, 2014: Student-athletes can be nominated by their institution via the NCAA Program Hub.
- March 27, 2014: All participant application materials, including a resume, are due not later than 5 p.m. EST.
- Early May: Applicants will be notified of the application status as well as travel information, pre-work and next steps.
- 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 and NCAA sponsored sport during the 2013-14 academic year. (Student-athletes who will have graduated prior to the forum are also eligible to participate.
- It is strongly encouraged that institutions consider diversity in the areas of sport, gender and ethnicity/race when nominating student-athletes.
- Previous NCAA Career in Sports Forum participants are not eligible to reapply.
Nomination and Application Process
- Beginning Monday, February 10, institutions can nominate student-athletes via the “Nominator” tab in NCAA Program Hub by entering the interested applicants’ first name, last name and email address.
- Please note that 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 that only nominated student-athletes who have completed a profile on NCAA Program Hub will be able to review the application.
- All application materials must be submitted by the nominated student-athlete not later than 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 27.
- 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 and will be score 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 score)
- Identify one negative impact athletics has on society and how you would address this as either an administrator and/or coach. (5 point maximum score)
- 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 score)
- Explain how as either an administrator and/or coach you will emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in athletics. (5 point maximum score)
- Resume. (10 point maximum score)
If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, please contact:
Associate Director of Leadership Development