SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly sophomore women's tennis player Ane McPike was recently selected to participate in the June 7-10 NCAA National Career in Sports Forum, an initiative designed for student-athletes to learn and explore skills that will assist in the transition to a career in athletics.
Scheduled to be held at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, the NCAA National Career in Sports Forum serves as an educational symposium where attendees have the opportunity to learn and explore careers in sports, sports law and sports entertainment with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. In addition to promoting careers in the coaching, administrative, officiating, sports law and sports entertainment sectors, the forum also serves as a networking environment for future athletics professionals.
"I'm really excited and honored to have been chosen to attend the forum," said McPike, who has compiled a 9-10 singles record in dual matches this spring. "I'm really looking forward to the overall experience and, specifically, the opportunity to learn more about the sports entertainment industry."
Other planned program objectives of the forum include having participants consider how their personal values intersect with career opportunities; helping attendees understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness; assistance in developing actionable plans for personal growth and development and the presentation of a realistic view of the roles of coaches and administrators in collegiate athletics and conference offices as well as within sports law and the sports entertainment industry. Final objectives include having participants examine the viability of selecting coaching, athletics administration, sports law, sports media and entertainment and/or officiating as a full-time or part-time career.
Seeded No. 4 for the April 26-29 Big West Conference Championships, the Cal Poly women's tennis program opens play at Indian Wells Tennis Garden with an 11 a.m. quarterfinal matchup against fifth-seeded UC Santa Barbara on Friday, April 27. Cal Poly previously dealt the fifth-seeded Gauchos a 4-3 home defeat on April 10. The survivor of the Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara matchup advances to an April 28 semifinal showdown against, most likely, top-seeded and 54th-ranked Long Beach State.
Two other Mustangs – senior swimmer Gloria Benefield and sophomore golfer Giovanna Ascolani – recently completed courses at the San Francisco-based NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum.