BRISTOL, Tenn. – McKenzie Clarke became the first King student-athlete chosen to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. Earlier this summer, the Tornado women's soccer player attended the forum in Indianapolis at the NCAA national office.
Each year, the NCAA brings 200 student-athletes to Indianapolis for the Career in Sports Forum, which informs the juniors and seniors about potential careers in sports with the primary focus on college athletics. The forum took place over four days and assists the attendees in starting their career paths and networking with current athletic professionals.
"The Career in Sports forum was a unique experience that allowed hundreds of student-athletes from across all three NCAA divisions to convene and discuss all of our passions for careers in collegiate athletics," Clarke said. "The forum taught me how to network and how important networking is, but also that networking is more than swapping business cards, it's about making genuine connections with other people."
There were numerous topics that were covered throughout the four-day forum, but Clarke enjoyed connecting with student-athletes and athletic professionals. She was able to meet many other students like her from across the country and start relationships that will last after the week in Indianapolis.
"For me, the most rewarding part was meeting other student-athletes from across the country that I would not have met without the forum," Clarke continued. "With those people, I was able to share ideas to make the best possible student-athlete experience at our schools. This was an unforgettable experience that gave me knowledge, relationships, and confidence in pursuing my career in collegiate athletics."