Three Northwestern student-athletes were invited to participate in the 2015 NCAA Career in Sports Forum from June 4 to 7 in Indianapolis. Softball's Brianna LeBeau and football's Traveon Henry and Hunter Niswander were selected to represent the Wildcats.

For the sixth year, the NCAA invited more than 200 current student-athletes and NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients who are interested in working in sports to attend the event. LeBeau, Henry and Niswansder were invited to the forum because each has expressed an interest in pursuing careers in sports, and all are viewed as leaders on campus.


"Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association," said Dr. 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 enables student-athletes to meet people who have built successful careers in sports, giving them a look at the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of jobs in the field.

Forum attendees heard from keynote speakers and panelists including NCAA President Mark Emmert, Great Lakes Valley Conference Commissioner Jim Naumovich and Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. The participants also learned best practices for gaining employment and came away with a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.

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 members. For more information, please visit NCAA.org.

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