COLUMBUS, Ohio – A trio of Ohio State University student-athletes are set to participate in the 2018 NCAA Career in Sports Forum. Hannah Gantt (women’s lacrosse), Mikayla Murphy (women’s swimming), and Oliver Knabb (men’s swimming) will head to Indianapolis to represent Ohio State at the event from May 31 to June 3.
The Career in Sports Forum, an annual educational forum hosted by the NCAA, brings together 200 student-athletes to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on college athletics. The four days of the forum are tailor made to help student-athletes chart their career paths, while providing networking opportunities with athletic professionals.
Topics covered at the forum include how personal values intersect with career opportunities, how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness, the key professional and career development information to assist with transition from a student-athlete to a professional, and the role of the college coach or athletics administrator.
“We’re extremely excited for our student athletes to participate in this outstanding program,” TJ Shelton, associate athletic director for sport administration, said. “The opportunity to learn from industry leaders, network with athletes from other universities and hear firsthand the variety of career options in college athletics is priceless.”
Gantt, a junior, saw action in multiple games for the Buckeyes in 2018. The Houston, Texas native is also participating in the Huntington Bucks Go Pro program this summer where she’s working with the Student Life office on campus. After graduation, Gantt wants to continue working in the sports arena, either with brand marketing or with communications.
Murphy, a junior, notched a 15th place finish in the 500 freestyle at the 2018 Big Ten Swimming Championship. The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete hails from Holland, Ohio. She also made the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2017 and 2018. The marketing major wants to transition into working in the collegiate athletic marketing side after graduation, with the eventual goal of being the marketing director of a university athletics program.
A junior from Reading, Pennsylvania, Knabb is also a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and appeared on the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2017 and 2018. The sport industry major has a few different career goals in mind, with working in the fitness/Crossfit industry, strength training, and the business side of sport organizations being the top options.
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