INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Recent Castleton University graduate Emily Lowell, a member of the Spartan field hockey team, has been selected to represent Castleton and the North Atlantic Conference at the 2018 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, to take place Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 in Indianapolis.
Lowell, the 2017 NAC Player of the Year in field hockey, earned her bachelor's degree in sports management during Commencement on Saturday, May 12. She interned with Major League Lacrosse during the summer of 2017 before returning to campus and joining the athletic communications office as an intern, concentrating on social media and other tasks both in the office and during athletic events.
Lowell is one of over 230 student-athletes, NCAA scholarship winners, and grant recipients, all with an interest in working within the sports industry, invited to attend this year's forum. Many current and past attendees are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), including Lowell, who was the social media manager for the Castleton SAAC this past year.
"Future proofing the industry is one of the highest priorities for the Association," said Katrice Albert, executive vice president of Inclusion and Human Resources. "Our Career in Sports Forum supports this key strategic priority by providing talented, diverse, student-athlete participants with a richer and more fulsome understanding of the collegiate industry structure, the values that drive coaches and athletics administrators, and potential career pathways that the business offers. It is our hope that the Career in Sports Forum demystifies the opportunities for career exploration, entry, and success."
One of more than 40 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.
Forum attendees, with representation from 64 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Jason Burton, head women's basketball coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; 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.
Castleton University sponsors 28 intercollegiate sports and is a member of NCAA Division III.