Former Student-Athlete

Setting Up Your Digital Game Plan

You picked a major, studied hard and earned your degree, all while competing in sports at a high level. Now it is time to conquer the biggest competition ahead: the working world.

Many tools can help you navigate the professional journey, but one of the greatest assets is right at your fingertips: the online world. It is time to take the discipline you learned as a student-athlete and apply it to your social media use.                                    

Know that future employers, mentors and bosses will look at...

Billy Mills: Hero to Native Americans and Olympians everywhere

Billy Mills began life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His Lakota name, “Makoce Te’hila,” means “Loves His Country” or, more traditionally, “Respects the Earth.” Orphaned by age 13, he faced poverty and discrimination but drew strength from running. Nothing has stopped him since.

Whitey Kapsalis: Working on a dream

Even when Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis’ dream came true, it was still a work in progress.

Sandra Magnus: Soaring to new heights

Magnus took the value of teamwork learned on the soccer field to outer space when she boarded the space shuttle Atlantis for its final mission in 2011.

Jim Crane: From the ball diamond to the board room and back

Crane’s success has gone full circle, starting on the baseball diamond at University of Central Missouri to now being the owner and chairman of the Houston Astros.

Gene Smith: Five things I’ve learned

Gene Smith, a widely recognized leader in college athletics, shares lessons that catapulted him to the top of his profession.

Ken Corigliano: Serving his country and getting down and dirty

Corigliano ran cross country at Saint Leo University from 2002-06.  He graduated magna cum laude from the institution in 2006 and now serves in the U.S. Air Force. In 2009, he was selected as the Chief of U.S. Official Government Travel Intelligence Operations for all official U.S. government international dignitary travel.

Jaime Fornetti: Teamwork, down to a science

Jaime Fornetti, a former basketball player at Albion College, brings a collaborative approach more common in athletics arenas to her science lab, where she researches breast cancer bone metastasis.

Kim Ng: Big league barrier breaker

Kim Ng forged a career in Major League Baseball immediately after finishing her softball career at the University of Chicago and rose to become its senior vice-president for baseball operations.

Jack Ford: From the football field to the court room to the small screen, he’s all about winning

An academic scholarship and an invitation to play football at Yale University led Jack Ford from a humble childhood to a renowned career in law and broadcast journalism.

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