PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College junior women's lacrosse player Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) has been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Career in Sports Forum June 7-10 in Indianapolis. Kudla was one of 300 participants chosen from a field of over 650 national applicants in all three NCAA divisions for the program.
"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to be a part of the NCAA Career in Sports Forum," Kudla, a double major in marketing and sport management, said. "I always have had a passion for sport, not only from an athlete's perspective, but from other areas as well. I am always thinking about opportunities out there for each of my majors separately, but this is an area where I can begin to use them both concurrently within the same career."
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is a four-day event through which selected student-athletes explore and are educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The participants are given an educational opportunity to learn and gain valuable exposure to careers in sports, specifically in the areas of coaching, administration and sports entertainment. They examine key functions of a coach or administrator within athletics, including foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning, and budgeting. Additionally, the Forum dispels myths about careers in athletics, as well as facilitates the opportunity to obtain information from current and future athletics professionals.
Kudla, who has previously interned in the Lake Erie Department of Athletics doing marketing, promotions and gameday management, will participate in the administration track.
"I ultimately want to have a career in the sports world, in some capacity, and I believe the forum will be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet people, network and learn to do so many things inside of athletics," the three-year varsity starter said. "I'm honored and excited to represent Lake Erie College and I can't wait to meet and talk with experienced leaders and other participants about their career goals and hopefully narrow down what facet of sport I am most interested in."
Now in its second year, the NCAA Career in Sports Forum has featured a participant from Lake Erie each year. Current senior women's basketball player Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) attended the 2011 Fourm.
Read about Liz's experience at the forum here.
"It is very exciting that Lake Erie College once again has a student-athlete selected to attend this important NCAA program," said Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Operations and Student Development/Senior Woman Administrator Lisa Liotta. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Julia to further her personal and professional development. Liz got so much out of the program last year and I think her experience got Julia really excited about the forum. It truly speaks to the quality of the student-athletes here at Lake Erie that we have had someone selected each year."
Kudla will be blogging and reporting on her experience from Indianapolis on www.LakeErieStorm.com.