Hess, Hornberger Participate in NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Liz Hornberger | Kurt Hess
Liz Hornberger | Kurt Hess

Indianapolis, Ind. - Former Youngstown State student-athletes Kurt Hess and Liz Hornberger participated in the NCAA's Career in Sports Forum from June 5-8 in Indianapolis.

Hornberger, a former women's basketball standout, and Hess, a former football standout, were among a group of 200 student-athletes to participate. The pair of Penguins were picked to attend the conference out of a group of more than 1,100 appliciants throughout the country.

Organized and directed by the NCAA Leadership Development department, 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 the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities.

During the forum, participants heard from keynote speakers and panelists – including former University of Tennessee women’s athletics director emeritus Joan Cronan, Rice University athletics director Joe Karlgaard and WISH-TV Indianapolis sports anchor Anthony Calhoun – and learned best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job.

“Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association,” said Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs and chief inclusion officer. “Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes and 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.”