Winston-Salem, N.C. – Winston-Salem State University junior Essence Newkirk recently attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum held by the NCAA at the National Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2nd-5th.
A member of the women’s track and field program, Newkirk was selected amongst 200 fellow student-athletes to participate in the program.
The Career in Sports Forum is an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA that brings together student-athletes following their junior or senior years to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on college athletics. This unique, four-day forum is designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to network and learn from current athletics professionals.
Newkirk’s thoughts on the program:
“This weekend I was given the opportunity to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Throughout the four days, we were taught how to network not only throughout the sports industry but in the business world in general. We focused on knowing your strengths, the power of sports and just learning about the NCAA and what they have to offer.”
This opportunity helped me to connect with other student-athletes from all over as well as connect with successful individuals in the sports world. I was also able to be around people who had similar career interest as me. I was able to connect with the speakers personally and gain more knowledge on what I need to do to be successful. Dr. Lacee Carmon- Johnson, Tamica Smith Jones, and Will Bagget had a huge impact during my time in Indianapolis.
This experience has also helped me to realize who I was as not only a student-athlete but also as a person off the track. I have learned so much in just a short period of time that will help me to move forward in my future career.
I would definitely recommend all my fellow student-athletes to take advantage of this opportunity if they are given the chance.”