September 28, 2022
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Keegan McCain completes NCAA Career in Sports Forum

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INDIANAPOLIS – UTSA women’s tennis student-athlete Keegan McCain completed the annual NCAA Career in Sports Forum where she represented UTSA and Conference USA.
 
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is an annual program bringing together 200 selected NCAA student-athletes from all levels to learn about and explore potential careers in sports, particularly college athletics.
 
 “I am thrilled Keegan was selected to attend this unique professional development event,” said Stefanie Cisneros, Assistant Athletics Director for Life Skills. “It has given her the opportunity to dive deeper into her interests and explore careers within collegiate athletics as well as learn from professionals across the country and develop relationships with peers who have similar interests.”
 
What was your favorite part of the NCAA Career in Sports Forum?
KM: My favorite part of the NCAA Career in Sports Forum is that I got to meet 199 other student-athletes from all different backgrounds with the same goals as I have. When I first arrived it was slightly overwhelming because I didn’t know anyone, but now I have developed lifelong connections with like-minded peers. Every individual that I spoke to had a different reason for why they wanted to work within collegiate athletics but the overall message stayed the same: it’s about the student-athletes.
 
What is one topic/theme that stood out to you or speaker that you feel you gained the most from? 
KM: Every speaker that I had the privilege of listening to had great advice and inspirational words, but if I had to pick the one that resonated with me the most, it would be the presentation by Jonathan Sprinkles. In his presentation, he gave tips on skills that should be developed in our time as student-athletes and young professionals in the workplace. Mr. Sprinkles also took this further and brought the discussion toward our lives outside of being an athlete. In the hour and 15-minute long presentation, we worked on deep self-reflection and being proud of our accomplishments off the court. This part of the presentation included daily affirmations that I could use at the start of the day before I enter the weight room, class, or practice.
 
What else would you want others to know about your experience and how did it help prepare you for your future career plans? 
KM: This experience has opened my eyes to more career possibilities in collegiate athletics than I ever thought possible. Getting the chance to speak with high-level professionals and like-minded students has motivated me to continue to pursue a career in athletics. As for how it prepared me for my future plans, I was forced to look deeper into what skills were my strengths and the skills I needed to improve on. While at the forum, we were separated into career huddles which allowed me to learn about my transferable skills from being a student-athlete and what I can take with me into the workplace. In the career huddle, I was also able to create a growth plan to lay out what I needed to accomplish in order to reach my goals. Overall, this experience was one that I would never change, and I wish it lasted even longer than the weekend. I would like to say thank you to UTSA athletics for allowing me the opportunity to attend such a great program and the NCAA for selecting me to attend. To any other athletes that are thinking about a career in college athletics, this is definitely the opportunity of a lifetime.
 
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