June 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Pittsburgh student-athletes Adam Bisnowaty (football), Shelton Mack (wrestling) and Kate Yeazel (volleyball) represented the Panthers at the fifth annual NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which teaches student-athletes about the possibilities of employment in athletics after their collegiate careers are finished.
Participants who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in sports and who are viewed as leaders on their campus were invited to the four-day Career In Sports Forum after their nomination by athletic administrators at their respective schools. With more than 1,100 applicants, Bisnowaty, Mack and Yeazel were three of 200 student-athletes selected to attend the forum.
“It was an incredible experience,” Yeazel said. “There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that student-athletes don’t realize, and at the forum they showed us all of the opportunities that are available within the athletics industry. It taught me a lot about myself and how to better prepare for the future.”
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 the opportunity to talk to successful individuals in the sports business and it gave them a sneak peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.
During the forum, participants heard 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. They also learned the best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they graduate and get a job.
“I was able to use what I learned about myself and apply it to network with many people that were related with the NCAA, whether they were a coach, athletic director or current student-athlete,” Bisnowaty said.
Bisnowaty enters his redshirt sophomore campaign for the Pitt football team as an offensive lineman, while Yeazel begins her senior season for the volleyball team after enjoying a break-out junior campaign. Mack just concluded a highly successful career on the mat for the Panthers as he collected 84 career wins and was a three-time NCAA qualifier.