Springfield, Mass. - June 10, 2019 - Springfield College's Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) recently attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA in Indianapolis. Drabinski was among the 200 student-athletes who were brought to the NCAA national office to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on college athletics.
Drabinski graduated from Springfield College in May with a degree in Sport Management following a four-year career as a member of the baseball program. This marks the third time in the last four years that Springfield College has had a student-athlete attend the leadership development forum.
"I witnessed Brandon's passion for intercollegiate athletics firsthand while he completed his internship within our athletics department during the first semester of his senior year. I'm proud of Brandon for taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity to grow and develop," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson.
One of leadership development's marquee student-athlete centered events, the Career in Sports Forum, took place from June 6-9 at the NCAA national office. The program brought together over 200 student-athletes to learn about the sports industry and explore potential career paths and opportunities. By exposing attendees to a wide assortment of speakers and professionals within athletics, the individuals gained a better understanding of best practices for breaking into the sports industry, a self-awareness of their workplace behavioral style and strategies to thrive using this profile, and a renewed outlook on desired positions and organizations. Additionally, the forum provided extensive opportunities for student-athletes to build connections both within and outside intercollegiate athletics through networking sessions, panel and speaker engagement, and interactions among the participants.
One of more than 45 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.
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