Women's hockey student-athlete participates in NCAA program

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Hamilton College women's hockey player Timary Malley '20 (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Academy) was one of nearly 400 NCAA student-athletes who had the opportunity to receive career guidance and network with athletics administrators and sports industry experts virtually at the 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum from May 27 to May 29.

The forum prepared student-athletes for a career after graduation and helped them learn more about themselves as leaders by exposing them to projects that require critical thinking as well as practical experiences that will strengthen their personal and professional skills and competencies. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of roles within the athletics industry and how their personal and professional interests align with potential career paths.

"I am extremely grateful to have attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum," Malley said. "We learned so much over the course of the three days; not just about pursuing a career in sports, but also about networking, personal growth and leadership."

Forum sessions included how student-athletes can become more aware of their inner strengths, how to develop a career plan, practical approaches to the job search, how to navigate as a young professional in the athletics industry, the role of an athletics administrator and head coach, and other motivational and key messaging from speakers. The athletes also had opportunities to engage in breakout sessions where they engaged in guided discussions to further curriculum understanding and build community with other student-athletes.

"Although we were not able to be together in Indianapolis, the conference continued via Zoom," Malley said. "It was an honor to hear and learn from so many inspiring speakers and to get to know so many dedicated peers, many of whom I now consider friends. Being a part of the Career in Sports Forum was an incredible, life-changing experience that I will never forget."

The diverse lineup of student-athletes represented colleges and universities from all three divisions. The forum, typically held at the NCAA headquarters for close to 200 student-athletes, was expanded to provide more guidance and education, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forum speakers included directors of athletics, representatives from athletics academic services, athletic conference offices, head coaches and officials in business and professional sports.