June 11, 2013
Softball's Shannon Jones '13, water polo rising senior Melanie Boehrig and tennis rising senior Carly Holloway attended the 2013 NCAA Career in Sports Forum concluding today (June 8-11) in Indianapolis. The three representatives tied Siena with the University of Oregon for the most among all Division I schools.
"Our two current student athletes, who faced a very selective application process this year, have had a chance to refine their leadership skills among an elite group of students and professionals," director of student athlete engagement Lori Jancik said. "They'll get twice as much in return as the effort they put forth over the course of forum."
The NCAA National Career in Sports Forum is an educational summit where selected student athletes learn and explore careers in sports, sports entertainment, sports law, coaching, administration and officiating with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The workshop is also designed to dispel myths about careers in athletics, and facilitate the opportunity to obtain information from future athletics professionals.
"Although I'm an economics major at Siena, it has always been a dream of mine to work with student athletes," Holloway said. "Being on the women's tennis team at Siena, I have witnessed all of the hard work our athletic department does for their student athletes. When I graduate, I would like to get a job working with all student athletes, not just one specific team. I would like to be able to give future student athletes the same positive experiences that I have had."
To be selected to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, student athletes had to request to be nominated by their academic advisor, and then proceed to fill out an application including essay questions on their goals, passions and career aspirations. Despite the rigorous process, Siena had three of the four MAAC representatives (Marist), and tied with Oregon for the most in all of Division I. Only 277 student athletes from all three Divisions of the NCAA were selected among nearly 800 applicants to attend the three-day forum.