By Sarah Jarvis
Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark junior football player and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) member, Chris Chew, was among 300 student-athletes from Division I, II, & III selected to attended the NCAA 2013 Career in Sports Forum, June 8-11, in Indianapolis, Ind.
The focus of the conference was to assist student-athletes with successful transitions from competition to their future professions in intercollegiate athletes.
Chew described his experience as "wonderful," stating the forum focused on: discussions on personal values, the daily roles of all who keep the NCAA functioning, the "ideal" role within the NCAA for individuals, as well as transferable student-athlete skills to the professional world.
In addition, the forum concluded with a day full of professional skills training, including: resume construction, mock interviews, and networking. Each student-athlete also participated in the DiSC behavior assessment, which is a work placement tool that helps individuals understand their strengths and weaknesses.
Overall, Chew concluded, "The most enjoyable part [of the NCAA 2013 Career in Sports Forum] was without a doubt getting a chance to meet the amazing coaches and administrators from all over the country, as well as meet hundreds of student-athletes who are extremely involved on their campus. I enjoyed becoming friends with them."
The forum has helped Chew come up with many ideas of his future. "The student-athletes were told that the greatest investment any of us can make is in ourselves, so continuing to make growths as a student-athlete and leader on campus is my immediate plan. However, the desire to give back and improve community lifestyle, especially for DIII student-athletes, is my long term goal."