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April 26, 2012

Student-Athletes to Represent PLU at NCAA Forum

Three Pacific Lutheran student-athletes have been selected to attend the 2012 NCAA Career in Sports Forum to be held June 7-10 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Senior men’s soccer player Surafel Wodajo, senior volleyball player Rose Mattson, and junior men’s track and field sprinter David Fisher were the three PLU applicants selected to attend the conference this summer. Each attendee is planning on pursuing a career in either athletic administration or coaching and will have four days of professional development opportunities. They will work with other athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators from across the country to gain knowledge and explore the different aspects and careers in coaching or athletic administration.

The Forum uses a highly selective and rigorous application process for all prospective applicants. Last year, more than 1,000 applications were received and reviewed for 300 positions in the conference.

The NCAA National Career in Sports Forum is an educational forum where selected student-athletes will learn and explore careers in sports, sports law and sports entertainment with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.  By achieving the following objectives, the forum is effectively marketing careers in coaching, administration, officiating, sports law and sports entertainment as viable professions.  Additionally, the forum is working to dispel myths about careers in athletics, as well as, facilitate the opportunity to obtain information from future athletics professionals.

“This will serve as a valuable experience for their professional development,” Assistant Athletic Director Jen Thomas said of the PLU applicants. “The conference is unmatched by anything else they will be able to get during their time in college.”

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