COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three Ohio State student-athletes have been selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum June 1-4 in Indianapolis, Ind. Taylor White (softball), Blake Leeson (men’s volleyball) and Kassidy Sauve (women's ice hockey) have been picked to represent Ohio State at the event.
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum brings together 200 selected student-athletes to learn more about careers in sports, primarily intercollegiate athletics. The event is designed to help student-athletes chart their career paths, network and learn from professionals in the business.
Topics to be covered include: how personal values intersect with career opportunities, how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness, the key professional and career development information that assists with transition from a student-athlete to a professional, and the role of the intercollegiate coach or athletic administrator. Participants will also network with peers, as well as the key decision-makers at the campus, conference and national level of intercollegiate athletics.
“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes, 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.”
Forum attendees, with representation from 73 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women’s basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.
White recently completed her junior season on the softball diamond and earned second team All-Big Ten honors while hitting .281 with 10 home runs, 42 RBI, 30 runs scored and a team-high 14 stolen bases. A centerfielder, she also added nine outfield assists. This summer, she will participate in the Bucks Go Pro program and intern with the fan experience and promotions office. White is a sport industry major from Granada Hills, Calif.
Leeson capped off his redshirt sophomore season by capturing back-to-back NCAA men’s volleyball national championships as a starting middle blocker for the Buckeyes. Leeson, an All-NCAA Tournament Team member, put an end to the 2016 title by terminating a kill for the crown-clinching point. He will be interning within the Sport Administration department this summer, selected to participate in the Bucks Go Pro internship program after an extensive interview process.
Sauve, a second team All-American, started all but one game for the Buckeyes this season and put up some historic numbers between the pipes, all while being the most tested goalie in the country all season long. Her 1,135 saves and .942 save percentage are both Ohio State records for a single season and her saves total puts her sixth in NCAA history. She finished the season with 1,205 shots faced in addition to her save totals, both of which were over 100 more than any other goaltender in the nation. Sauve consistently faced more shots than any other netminder in the NCAA and she was consistently excellent. Sauve also posted six shutouts this year to bring her career total to 12, which ties a program mark. Three times this season she was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week; her stats in those six games that helped her win her weekly awards were fantastic: 1.32 goals against average, .968 save percentage, and a 3-2-1-1 record. Sauve is a sport industry major and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
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