Recent Lake Forest College graduate and member of the men’s basketball team Jim Schick ’17 was selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis on June 1-4.
Schick was selected by a committee within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that considered participants based on their level of interest in pursuing a career in sports and who were viewed as leaders on campus. Participants were nominated by an athletic administrator at their respective school and were then encouraged to formally apply online.
Schick, a Forester captain and First Team All-Midwest Conference honoree in 2016-17, led the Midwest Conference in rebounding for the second straight season with 9.0 per game. He also scored 11.6 points per contest, ranking him 21st in the league. Away from the court, Schick was a member of the athletic department’s sports marketing team where he helped compile team records and statistics, while also serving as a webcast announcer for football and softball.
More than 230 student-athletes representing Division I, II, and III institutions were invited to attend the forum. Schick was one of three individuals selected from the MWC. He will join softball player Jesse Applehans from Cornell College and men’s soccer player Alexis Zazuaeta from Illinois College.
"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."
At the forum attendees will hear from several keynote speakers and panelists who will assist participants in exploring potential careers in sports and transitioning from a student-athlete to a professional. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to network and learn about the responsibilities and expectations that are associated with working in the athletic domain.
“My main goal is to gain the best understanding of how the athletic industry works and how to seek out job opportunities. I look forward to learning from the guest speakers, meeting other people, and networking with both professionals and other athletes,” commented Schick.
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is one of more than 45 annual conferences and seminars organized and directed by the NCAA leadership and development department. The department provides professional and personal development for members of the entire association through accessible resources, strategic partnerships, and customized programming. For more information, visit www.NCAA.org/leadershipdevelopment.