May 11, 2011
Three Tennessee student-athletes have been invited to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum next month in Indianapolis.
Natalie Pluskota, Tyler Summitt and Marsalis Teague are UT's representatives at the four-day event that is hosting selected student-athletes from large universities and small colleges around the country at the NCAA's headquarters city. The forum invites attendees to explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.
Pluskota, from Newnan, Ga., is competing this spring as a junior for the women's tennis team. Summitt is a Knoxville native who just completed his redshirt freshman season in men's basketball, while Teague, from Paris in West Tennessee, will be a junior this fall in football.
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum, through the use of dual tracks, allows participants to examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting are covered with participants.
The coaching track is conducted in a rotation of NCAA sponsored sports, with the 2011 Forum open to student-athletes who have interest in coaching the sports of cross country/track and field, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball. The administrator track covers the internal and external operations of an intercollegiate athletics department, which includes, but is not limited to, academics, communications, compliance, development, event management and marketing.
Forum objectives include:
Consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities when it comes to choosing a career in sports.
Better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness.
Develop actionable plans for personal growth and development.
Organizationally, participants will:
Learn a realistic view of the role of coach or administrator in collegiate athletics.
Examine the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career.
Benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision-makers from member institutions and the NCAA.
Intercollegiate athletics will benefit from:
Marketing of coaching, administration and officiating as viable professions.
Dispelling myths about careers in athletics.
Knowing more about the people interested in serving student-athletes.
The Forum takes place June 12-15 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.