May 10, 2010
Tennessee basketball player Scotty Hopson has been selected to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum this week at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind. Forum attendees will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on collegiate athletics. The forum runs from Tuesday through Friday.
A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Hopson is a rising junior guard who was the Volunteers' second-leading scorer this past season with 12.2 points per game.
"I'm really looking forward to interacting with all the different professionals who'll be there, and also the other student-athletes," Hopson said. "I can find out how they went about becoming successful and try to learn from as many different people as possible.
"Since I've been at UT I've learned a lot of ways to network, so I'm looking to do as much of that as I can. Its' going to be fun."
The NCAA covers airfare, lodging and meals during the forum. Participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting all will be covered.
The forum's objectives include encouraging student-athletes to consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities when it comes to choosing a career in sports, providing a better understanding of how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness and how to develop actionable plans for personal growth and development.
It is the NCAA's hope that participants will learn a realistic view of the role of coaches/administrators in collegiate athletics, examine the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career and also that the student-athletes benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision makers from member institutions and the NCAA.
"Scotty has shown a strong interest in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting," said Kelly Brock, Assistant Director for Counseling at UT's Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. "He has previously attended a breakfast lecture with Charles Davis, worked with the coaches shows on the Vol Network and taken coursework to advance his career development.
"Learning from the NCAA through this forum will provide him with another resource as he explores career opportunities in sports broadcasting."