May 6, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's soccer standout Taylor Jern is one of 200 student-athletes, selected by the NCAA from a pool of over 1,100 applicants, to receive an invitation to the 2014 Career in Sports Forum.
Sponsored by the NCAA, this annual event will run from June 5-8 at the institution's national office located in Indianapolis, Ind. A committee comprised of administrators from member institutions, conference offices and affiliate member organizations selected this year's Forum participants.
Brought together to learn and explore potential careers within the world of sport, with an emphasis on intercollegiate athletics, invitees will participate in various seminars, discussions and panels designed to enhance their skill set. Student-athletes will also have an opportunity to network, learn from current professionals and interact with senior administrators from the NCAA throughout the four-day forum.
Nominated by the institution, Jern, a pre-managerial economics major, was selected to attend based on an application process that required the Corona native to answer the following questions:
- Why have you chosen to pursue a career in athletics
- Identify a positive impact athletics has on society and how it is reinforced
- Identify one negative impact athletics has on society and how to address
- Explain how to emphasize the importance of high academic achievement to student-athletes
- Explain how to emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in athletics
A resume was the final element the selection panel took into consideration before whittling its list of potential attendees accordingly.
Last season, Jern played every minute in goal for the Aggies, recorded a career-high 85 saves, five clean sheets and finished her junior season with a 1.26 goals against average.
In addition to the Career in Sports Forum, the NCAA hosts a wide array of programming designed to enhance skills sets and prepare student-athletes and administrators for leadership opportunities. The NCAA Leadership Development group oversees the leadership and grant programs, along with the development of various types of membership resources. Visit ncaa.org for addition information on NCAA Leadership Development programs.