INDIANAPOLIS – For the eighth year, the NCAA is inviting more than 230 current student-athletes, NCAA scholarship, and grant recipients, all with an interest in working within the sports industry, to the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, June 1-4. Recent Sweet Briar graduate and standout soccer player Kayla Kishbaugh is one of two Old Dominion Athletics Conference student-athletes chosen to attend the forum by a committee from within the NCAA membership.
"I am very excited to be attending the NCAA Career in Sports Forum this year and to be representing SBC while I am there," Kishbaugh said. "I can't wait to come back and share everything I learned and what I experienced while there."
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.
"Ultimately, I hope to take away and learn from professionals within the sports industry and other student athletes, the ability to be successful with a career in the sports industry," Kishbaugh explained. "I am excited to learn what opportunities there are for me to find a career working in sports and take away the tools they provide us with in order to be successful."
Forum attendees, with representation from 73 athletic conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women's basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.
"I will be attending Cedar Crest College in the fall for my Masters in Early Childhood Education, and will also be working towards obtaining my teaching certificate in the state of Pennsylvania. I hope to teach fourth grade once finishing my Masters and obtaining my certificate, while also coaching soccer. I would like to get involved in my local soccer organization and start coaching a team of young players. I think it is important to make an impact on one's life at a young age."
Kishbaugh concluded by saying that she feels the NCAA Career In Sports Forum will help her learn the skills and determine the steps she needs to take in order to achieve her career goals. Her ultimate career aspirations include coaching collegiate soccer in a small school setting like Sweet Briar.
During her time in Indianapolis, Kishbaugh will be taking over the Sweet Briar athletics Instagram account to share her trip with everyone, so be sure to follow along here.