THREE UMES BOWLERS ATTEND NCAA CAREER IN SPORTS FORUM
Maria Rodriguez, Kristina Frahm and Martha Perez (L to R) all hope to pursue careers in sports.
Maria Rodriguez, Kristina Frahm and Martha Perez (L to R) all hope to pursue careers in sports.

May 28, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - Three University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) student-athletes recently attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on May 11-14 at the downtown Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind. Bowling All-Americans Kristina Frahm (Oswego, Ill.), Martha Perez (Bogota, Colombia) and Maria Rodriguez (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) all were chosen to be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on collegiate athletics.

The three were among 400 student-athletes from around the nation that were chosen to attend the forum because they are interested in careers in collegiate athletics, as a coach or administrator.

Head Coach Sharon Brummell was one of the speakers at the event, speaking to athletes about the duties and activities involved in coaching. She spoke about making the transition between athlete and coach as well as many other topics.

"It was a great four day conference that took them through real life issues of athletics," said Brummell. "They attended sessions on budgeting, resume writing, communication, etiquette, social networking, branding, dealing with the media in crisis situations, interviewing, recruiting and various other athletic related topics."

The Forum's objectives included encouraging student-athletes to consider how their personal values intersect with opportunities when it comes to choosing a career in sports, providing a better understanding of how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness and how to develop actionable plans for personal growth and development.

It is the NCAA's hope that participants learned a realistic view of the role of coaches and administrators in collegiate athletics, examined the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career and also that the student-athletes benefited from the opportunity to network with key decision makers from member institutions and the NCAA. Student-athletes participated in the Forum in two-year rotations by sport, with the first Forum open to student-athletes in baseball, basketball, bowling, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Student-athletes then chose an administrator or coaching track. Those who chose the administrator track were educated in the areas of academics, compliance, facilities, life skills, marketing and promotions, and sports information.

 

 

The in-depth sessions went 10-12 hours a day in order to go into greater detail.

"The student athletes left the forum with a clearer understanding of the behind the scenes life of being a coach or athletic administrator and the bowlers were allowed the opportunity to ask personnel questions of me about their sport and coaching it," Brummell added. "I think we all really learned a lot and enjoyed doing it."