June 3, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Hanna Axene, a sophomore on the SMU rowing team, has been selected as one of 300 student-athletes throughout the entire NCAA to participate in the Career in Sports Forum, which will be hosted by the NCAA June 8-11 in Indianapolis. The forum will focus on assisting student-athletes with making a successful transition from competition to their future professions in intercollegiate athletics.
Axene, a native of Irvine, Calif., is majoring in sports management at SMU, and plans on attending graduate school before pursuing a career in the sports industry. On the water, she competed with the 2nd Varsity 8+ crew this season, leading the Mustangs to a win over Creighton, and also competed with the Varsity 4+ crew which won the Petite Final at the Conference USA Championships.
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum brings career leaders together to discuss their professional career paths and to enlighten student-athletes on career choices and future decisions they'll need to consider. Some of the session topics include discussion on skills sets needed to perform at the highest level; nontraditional careers in athletics; best practices in athletics administration; personal and professional branding; resources for applying to graduate school; and human resource hiring processes.
There are also team sessions where the student-athletes are put in smaller groups to discuss key issues and take leadership roles amongst their peers. The student-athletes will also engage in dialogue with senior administrators from the NCAA national office and will have a formal networking dinner with NCAA administrators.
The student-athletes who were selected for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum were chosen by a committee made up of administrators from member institutions, conference offices and affiliate member organizations. Also included are the 2013-14 Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.
Axene will write a daily blog to recap her activities at the forum, which will can be seen at SMUMustangs.com or followed via Twitter @SMU_SAAC.