Bowen selected to attend in NCAA National Career in Sports Forum
Friday, June 7, 2013
Bowen selected to attend in NCAA National Career in Sports Forum

BEMIDJI, Minn. – This weekend, student-athletes from across the country will gather in Indianapolis, Ind. to explore a professional future in athletics. This isn’t a pre-draft combine or an organized workout for professional scouts, it is the NCAA’s 2013 National Career in Sports Forum and recent former Bemidji State University softball player Crystal Bowen (Duluth, Minn.) will be among them.

“I'm really excited and honored to be selected to represent BSU at the convention,” said Bowen. “It's a great way for me to be able to show my appreciation for everything the University has done for me over the past four years.”

This four-day convention (June 8-11) brings together several hundred selected student-athletes to learn about careers in sports. The chances of employment as a professional athlete for the 400,000 student-athletes participating in 23 sports at more than 1,000 NCAA member institutions are limited, however, there are opportunities for careers as coaches, officials, and administrators in intercollegiate athletics and professional sport.  The Career in Sports Forum works to dispel myths about careers in athletics, as well as, facilitate the opportunity to obtain industry trends and hot topics and network with current athletics professionals.

Bowen is a 2013 graduate of Bemidji State with degrees in sport management, with a coaching specialist certification, as well as business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She played in 156 games for the BSU softball team and logged a .230 batting average with 105 hits, 24 doubles, eight homeruns and 49 RBIs.

“It's always fun to travel to a different place and meet new people.” She added, “I'm hoping to have a chance to meet some good references and contacts that may be able to help me as I look to the future.”

Each NCAA member institution was permitted to nominate student-athletes to attend this year’s Career in Sports Forum.  Nominations were then reviewed by current athletics administrators with representation from Division I, II, III and the NCAA national office.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.