Avery Rape, who is a junior forward on the Blue Devil women's soccer team, attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum recently and wanted to share about her experience.
Hey Duke Fans,
This past weekend I traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. I have always been interested in pursuing a career in sports, so this was a great opportunity for me to get more insight on what goes into getting a job in sports and even getting a job in general.
Just under 300 student athletes from Divisions I, II, and III were selected to attend the weekend. During the forum, we learned things such as how to assess our personal values and how they intersect with career opportunities. The facilitators of the program provided us with various views regarding the roles of coaches and administrators at schools and conferences in collegiate athletics.
The most important part of the forum was the opportunity to network with key decision makers from NCAA member institutions, sports lawyers, sports media and entertainment personnel. We also heard from a number of inspirational and informative speakers -- my favorites being Clint Bruce, an ex-Navy SEAL, and Jon Oliver, the Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Virginia.
I met a lot of amazingly talented student-athletes, each of whom had their own story to tell. It was an exciting opportunity to be a part of a group of extremely driven and intelligent athletes.
By the end of the weekend, I had connected with not only current student-athletes, but previous ones who went on to make their mark in the sports world. My group was led by two program facilitators, Jamil Northcutt and Amy Seng, who were inspirations to everyone in the room. Jamil even played football in college for our own head football coach, David Cutcliffe.
Overall the weekend was exhausting, but a priceless opportunity. For four days straight, I was up attending talks and group sessions starting at 7:00 a.m., and did not finish until after 9:00 p.m., at night, however every single minute of it was worth it.
After attending this conference, I have an incredible appreciation for the talented people within the NCAA and the amount much work it takes to maintain a successful college athletic administration such as the one at Duke. I learned a lot about myself and how my personality fits with a career in sports. I could not be more excited to maintain the relationships I created and continue my path in the sports world and see where it takes me.
Lastly, I want to thank Leslie Barnes who set me up with this awesome opportunity and who I was so excited to see in Indianapolis where she attended her own event this past weekend.
I can't wait to see everyone this fall out at the soccer games! Go Duke!