Kelner and Tone Selected to Participate in 2018 NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Kelner and Tone Selected to Participate in 2018 NCAA Career in Sports Forum

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State women's golfer Sophie Kelner and softball player Aubrie Tone were recently selected to participate in the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis from May 31 until June 3 at the NCAA's national headquarters.

Now in its ninth year, the NCAA has invited more than 230 current student-athletes, NCAA scholarship and grant recipients, all with an interest in working within the sports industry to this year's program.

A committee from within the NCAA membership selected Kelner and Tone as the lone representatives from the Horizon League.

Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports, and who were viewed as leaders on their campus, were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. Many current and past attendees are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the student-athlete voice within the NCAA governance structure. The selection committee is comprised of administrators and coaches within the NCAA, many former forum participants themselves. 

"Future proofing the industry is one of the highest priorities for the Association," said Katrice Albert, executive vice president of Inclusion and Human Resources. "Our Career in Sports Forum supports this key strategic priority by providing talented, diverse, student-athlete participants with a richer and more fulsome understanding of the collegiate industry structure, the values that drive coaches and athletics administrators, and potential career pathways that the business offers. It is our hope that the Career in Sports Forum demystifies the opportunities for career exploration, entry, and success." 

One of more than 40 annual conferences and seminars organized and directed by the NCAA leadership development department, the Career in Sports Forum provides college athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on college 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.  

Forum attendees, with representation from 64 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Jason Burton, head women's basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports. 

The NCAA leadership development department provides professional and personal development for the entire Association, including student-athletes, coaches and administrators, through accessible resources, strategic partnerships and annual customized programming at little or no cost to the membership. For more information, please go to

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