INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three VCU student-athletes were among a select group invited to focus on their futures at this weekend’s NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis.

Andrew Shipp (graduated senior - men’s track & field), Kendell Combs (rising senior – field hockey) and Janelle Sykes (rising senior – volleyball) were among a little over 200 current student-athletes and postgraduate scholarship recipients selected to attend this weekend’s event at NCAA Headquarters.

Organized and directed by the NCAA Leadership Development department, the Career in Sports Forum was created to provide student-athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.

During the forum, participants will hear from keynote speakers and panelists – including former University of Tennessee women’s athletics director emeritus Joan Cronan, Rice University athletics director Joe Karlgaard and WISH-TV Indianapolis sports anchor Anthony Calhoun – and also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job.

“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs and chief inclusion officer. “Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes and postgraduate scholarship recipients in a non-traditional academic setting where they can learn directly from successful leaders, which can have a positive impact on their future after graduation.”

Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports and who were viewed as leaders on their campus were invited to the four-day Career In Sports Forum after being nominated from athletic department administrators. Many are members of their Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

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