INDIANAPOLIS -- Lewis & Clark men's basketball student-athlete Kyle Owens is one of four from Northwest Conference institutions who will attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which begins on Thursday.
Owens, who already attended the NCAA Convention in January, is interested in pursuing a profession in athletics and will join more than 230 current student-athletes at the four-day forum. Participants were invited to apply to attend the forum after a nomination by athletics administrators at their respective schools. The leadership of the participant was also a quality considered in the nomination.
Among the speakers and panelists at the event include Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women's basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.
"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."
Owens is a rising junior for the men's basketball program, coached by Dinari Foreman. He has played in over 40 games in his first two seasons, averaging 17.5 minutes per game as a sophomore last season. The Los Altos, Calif. native scored 7.9 points per game and hit 42 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts.