June 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Four Seminole student-athletes took part in the fifth annual Career in Sports Forum (CSF) from June 5-8, 2014 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis. Florida State was represented by Sareea Freeman (women's basketball and volleyball), Jordan Jarmakowicz (women's swimming & diving), Carlton Kuhlo (women's golf), and Jessica Nori (softball).
The Career in Sports Forum was created to provide student-athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. More than 450,000 student-athletes participate in 23 sports during each academic year with only 200 invited to the forum.
The invitations each student-athlete receives is an honor, and has helped prepare each of them for what comes after playing their specific sport. During the forum, the participants learned how personal values intersect with career opportunities, options on better understanding how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness, how to develop actionable plans for personal growth and development, gain accurate views on the role of their coaches and administrators, and how to benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision-makers on campus and at the NCAA.
"The NCAA Career in Sports Forum was an amazing experience to have had the privilege of participating in while representing Florida State University," said Kuhlo. "It was an eye-opening experience and one that I will be able to learn a great deal from. I learned skills that I will be able to use in my everyday life in as well as in my future professional career."
All four of the Seminoles invited to the CSF have had a standout 2013-14 season. Jarmakowicz won her first individual collegiate events in the victory over Florida Atlantic by taking the 100 and 200 breaststroke titles. Freeman finished second in the nation with a .438 hitting percentage, a mark that is the second-highest percentage in school history in 2012. She also used her final semester of eligibility to play for the Seminole women's basketball team in 2014. Kuhlo enjoyed the best year of her career in 2014 as she averaged 75.85 strokes in 26 rounds during nine tournaments. She helped lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament for a school record ninth consecutive year in 2014. Nori was an effective reliever for the Seminoles who won the ACC championship and the championships of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and Super Regional. She finished 1-0 with a 1.79 ERA in 13 relief appearances.
"This experience offered an amazing opportunity to learn more about myself as a professional, the NCAA, and potential career paths in athletics," said Nori who helped lead the Seminoles to the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. "Attending the forum gave me the opportunity to meet other student-athletes with similar interests and gave me the opportunity to network with a variety of administrators, coaches, and NCAA employees. I would absolutely encourage anyone considering a career in sports to attend this forum in the future."
NCAA member institutions nominated up to 10 student-athletes to participate in the CSF. The student-athletes must have participated in an NCAA sponsored sport during the 2013-14 academic year.
"I am incredibly grateful to have received the opportunity to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum," said Jarmakowicz. "Communicating with professionals in different athletic positions has opened the doors to multiple career routes and it was a tremendous experience. The NCAA gave 200 athletes this opportunity to make their career dreams a reality and I could not be more thankful to have been included."
Each of the four Seminoles selected has expressed an interest in a career in sports and is viewed as a leader at Florida State. The four-day Career in Sports Forum has provided them with professional and personal development.
"One of the goals of the Student Services office at Florida State is to help student-athletes make informed decisions about life and employment opportunities after the collegiate careers come to an end," said Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services Dr. John Lata. "The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is an invaluable conference which aims to help our student-athletes consider athletics as a career. Even though many of our student-athletes have majors that don't necessarily involves sports, they have an natural interest in sports, and the Career in Sports Forum is a great opportunity to explore a career in sports while learning from successful administrators and coaches currently working in a sports related field."