Indianapolis, Ind. - May 30, 2017 - Springfield College's Nick Ruiz (Tauton, Mass.) and Mary Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) are among the more than 230 current student-athletes, NCAA scholarship and grant recipients with an interest in working within the sports industry, who will attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis June 1-4.
Ruiz, a member of the football team, and Silva, who plays for the women's soccer team, were selected by a committee from within the NCAA membership. They are two of the 10 student-athletes attending from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
"It's great to see that Nick and Mary are taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity to grow as leaders," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson. "We've been fortunate to consistently have Springfield College student-athletes selected to attend this terrific program and I'm certain that these two will leave Indianapolis better prepared to help serve and impact the Springfield College community and beyond."
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.
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.
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 ncaa.org/leadershipdevelopment.