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LONGVIEW, June, 6, 2014— LeTourneau University junior Ana Ramos of the women’s soccer team was recently selected for the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, June 5-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Ramos is a forward from Arlington for the YellowJackets, who is majoring in management. Ramos is one of 200 student-athletes from throughout the United States at the forum, who have an interest in careers in sports. Organized and directed by the NCAA Leadership Development department, the Career in Sports Forum was created to provide student-athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.
During the forum, participants will hear from keynote speakers and panelists – including former University of Tennessee women’s athletics director emeritus Joan Cronan, Rice University athletics director Joe Karlgaard and WISH-TV Indianapolis sports anchor Anthony Calhoun – and also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job.
“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs 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.”
The opening day of the forum, participants identify values, recognize their transferable skills and explore the basics of networking. The participants will also be introduced to small group sessions, called Color Teams. Leading the Color Team sessions will be a group of 14 facilitators comprised of athletics administrators and coaches from member institutions that volunteered to undergo facilitator training prior to the forum. In these smaller sessions, the forum participants will learn to identify different working and leadership styles, how to identify the differences in individual styles and how to work with those who have a different approach.
In 2013, LeTourneau student-athletes – Alli Bordelon (volleyball) and Shelby May (women’s tennis) attended the forum.
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