April 8, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee women's basketball graduate assistant Amber Smith is one of 12 recipients of the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship, sponsored by the NCAA.
The scholarship covers the cost of registration for A Step Up Fort Lauderdale 2014, the professional development symposium for basketball assistant coaches, which will be held May 2-4 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.
Smith, a 2011 University of Kentucky graduate and a former point guard for the Wildcats, recently completed her first season as a graduate assistant on Holly Warlick's staff. She helped Tennessee achieve a 29-6 record in 2013-14 and win the program's 17th SEC Tournament championship.
"We are privileged to support the career advancement and development of our future basketball leaders," said Felicia Hall Allen, CEO of Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and co-founder of A STEP UP. "This experience will answer any and all questions that they have had about the intercollegiate coaching profession and what it takes to be successful."
Since 2011 the NCAA leadership development department has partnered with Felicia Hall Allen & Associates and A STEP UP to give new assistant coaches or those wanting to break into the coaching profession the opportunity to attend the three-day event.
"Educational opportunities like this are crucial to the maturation process of women's basketball coaches," said Curtis J. Hollomon, director of leadership development at the NCAA. "We are proud to assist in opening doors for these driven women, and are excited to watch as they grab the opportunity to succeed and continue the excellence within women's intercollegiate basketball."
Candidates are chosen from a pool of applicants who are asked to submit a scholarship application and include a resume, a list of references and a personal statement outlining how they believe A STEP UP will enhance their professional development.