Countryman, Hamann Head to Career in Sports Forum

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PHILADELPHIA – For the seventh year, the NCAA is inviting more than 200 current student-athletes and NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients, who have an interest in working within the sports industry, to the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.

This year’s group of student-athletes will include two from the University of Pennsylvania, Cameron Countryman (football) and Michael Hamann (men’s swimming and diving). They were selected to the Forum by a committee from within the NCAA membership, and will be two of only four Ivy League student-athletes at the Forum along with a pair of athletes from Columbia.

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.

Countryman was Penn’s SAAC President during the 2015-16 academic year, while Hamann has been a leader with the swim program as a student assistant coach after his career was cut short by injury.

“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 and 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 20 annual programs and resources 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.

Forum attendees will hear from keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by LaChina Robinson, former women’s basketball player at Georgia Tech and current TV analyst; Stevie Baker-Watson, director of athletics at DePauw University; and Craig McPhail, vice president of athletics and club sports 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 at the Next Steps Fair, hosted intheNCAA Hall of Champions.

The NCAA leadership development department provides professional and personal development for the entire Association, including student-athletes, coaches and administrators, through accessible resources, strategic partnerships and annual customized programming at little or no cost to the membership. For more information, please go towww.NCAA.org/leadershipdevelopment.

Search #LearnLeadandfollow the social conversation and events at the 2016 Career in Sports Forum, as well as allthe leadership development programs in 2016.

For more information, contact:

Kyle Leach
Assistant Director of Leadership Development
kleach@ncaa.org
317-917-6465