NESCAC Athletes Share Experience at NCAA Career in Sports Forum

NESCAC Athletes Share Experience at NCAA Career in Sports Forum

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Three student-athletes from two NESCAC institutions were among 200 student-athletes participating in the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which was held June 1-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Colby seniors Duncan Sewall and Robin Spofford, along with Trinity junior Briana Daley represented the NESCAC at the event. Sewall played football for the Mules, while Spofford was a member of the softball team. Daley competes for the Bantams' cross country and track and field teams.

The Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA, brings together 200 selected student-athletes to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on intercollegiate 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. 

This unique, four-day forum is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to network and learn from current athletics professionals. Participants heard from a variety of speakers and panelists during large, general sessions, and throughout the program engaged with peers in focused, small-group classroom discussions called "Color Teams."

The cutting-edge topics discussed by industry experts included: how personal values intersect with career opportunities, how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness, the key professional and career development information that assists with transition from a student-athlete to a professional, and the role of the intercollegiate coach or athletic administrator. The forum also provided networking opportunities with peers, as well as the key decision-makers at the campus, conference and national level of intercollegiate athletics.

Here's what the student-athletes had to say about their experience ...

Briana Daley, Trinity

"It was truly an honor to represent Trinity College at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum," said Daley. "I found the forum to be an enriching, engaging, and life-changing experience, and I feel extremely grateful towards all who helped to make this event possible. The speakers left me with a variety of takeaways including how important it is to be open to new experiences, take advantage of opportunities, pursue my passions, maintain my values, and have faith in God's divine plan for my future. I really enjoyed how the event allowed me to network with a number of student-athletes and collegiate professionals across all three NCAA Divisions. I plan to make use of the skills learned and the connections formed at the forum as I pursue a graduate assistant position in either athletic administration or track and cross country coaching. I would like to provide guidance to student-athletes in a way that my mentors and the NCAA have done for me."

Duncan Sewall, Colby

"For me the biggest takeaway was the fact that these speakers made me really think about who I am and who I want to be as a coach," said Sewall. "They were able to articulate many of the things that I knew I believed, but could never put into words. Additionally, this event really made me reflect and develop opinions on certain topics like professional image and integrity. I am so grateful to have been selected and will certainly take many lessons onto my career in teaching and coaching."

Robin Spofford, Colby

"The NCAA Career in Sports Forum was an incredible experience I would recommend anyone to apply for if they have an interest in collegiate athletics," commented Spofford. "The speakers were all very informative and expanded my knowledge of different aspects of athletics in each of the three divisions.  Topics ranged from roles at the NCAA National Office, personal branding, and transferable skills student-athletes can bring to their future careers. What I got most from the Forum was that the applicable skills I learned while being an athlete can apply to my everyday life now and in the future. I also took away the importance of networking and building relationships with the people around me, and knowing my values and letting those guide me throughout my life.  I am very thankful for the opportunity and appreciate everyone that played a role in making the event a success."