INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Every year, over 400 student-athletes wear the University of Richmond across their uniforms and demand the best of themselves, both on and off the field.
The University of Richmond provides student-athletes a unique experience where they can be challenged at the highest levels both athletically and academically.
Those challenges extend into the summer months and three Spiders are getting a first-hand learning experience this week when Jarriel Jordan (Football), Gabby Rosales (Women's Tennis) and Dazia Hall (Women's Basketball) will all be attending the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
All three were selected by a committee within the NCAA to attend the event, which is in its eighth year and will have more than 230 current student-athletes in attendance.
Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. Many current and past attendees are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the student-athlete voice within the NCAA governance structure. The selection committee is comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA, many former forum participants themselves.
“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes, postgraduate scholarship recipients in a non-traditional academic setting where they can learn directly from successful leaders, which can have a positive impact on their future after graduation.”
One of more than 45 annual conferences and seminars organized and directed by the NCAA leadership development department, the Career in Sports Forum provides college athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on college athletics. The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in the sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.