Eastern and Career Athletes Connect Athletes with Mentors and Training
Partnership Attracts Hundreds of Employers for Current and Former Collegiate Athletes
The Eastern Washington University Athletic Department and Career Athletes have recently agreed to a partnership providing student-athletes a truly unique resource for career development.
“It has been the mission or our athletic department at EWU to ‘maximize opportunities every day.’ This partnership with Career Athletes gives us the ability to extend the services that we are able to provide our student-athletes,” said Pamela Parks, Associate Athletic Director/SWA at EWU.
“With this relationship, we can collaboratively create a tangible means to offer growth opportunities and to broaden our student-athletes’ networking web. Career Athletes not only assists us to that goal, but will give our people a conduit to former Eagles and other employers who also put a high value on academics and athletic achievement. Career Athletes is providing the link from the past, to the present and on to a better future for all Eagles.”
Over the past 12 years, Career Athletes has conducted over 900 training and development seminars at universities throughout the country providing much-needed career education for over 260,000 student-athletes. In addition to their proprietary training and development seminars, Career Athletes builds and maintains customized career networking web sites for individual university athletic departments providing additional career education, mentors, access to career opportunities and potential employers upon graduation, and a platform to connect with athletic alumni who are encouraged to join the network as mentors and/or job seekers.
“It’s obvious that the administration at Eastern Washington University cares about its student-athletes beyond their playing days and graduation, and we are excited to be partnered with such an outstanding institution,” said Chris Smith, CEO and President of Career Athletes. “Due to the demanding nature of collegiate athletics, these athletes face a unique set of challenges regarding career development not typically experienced by the general student-body. The current economic environment will provide even greater challenges for today’s student-athletes to overcome, making career development more important than ever.”
Eastern Washington University is no stranger to success as indicated by these additional achievements during the 2009-2010 academic year:
• A total of 150 EWU student-athletes were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team.
• EWU’s athletic programs compiled the top overall grade point average (GPA) in the Big Sky Conference of 3.244, as 13 of its 14 programs registered at least a 3.1.
• The EWU Eagles also had the Big Sky’s second-best graduation success rate.
• Football student-athlete Jacob Kragt and Track & Field student-athlete Christy Borders were Eastern's recipients of the Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete Award.
• Ten EWU athletic teams were among the top three in their respective sports in grade point average.
• Student-athletes named first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII included Chris Thomas (football), Jacob Kragt (football) and Kyla Evans (women’s basketball).
• For the first time in school history, Eastern Washington University captured the Sterling Savings Bank Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Cup. The winner of this award is determined by overall athletic success combined with team grade point averages, graduation rates, and All-Conference performers with grade point averages of at least 3.0
About Career Athletes, LLC . . .
Career Athletes is the leading provider of a wide range of dedicated career development services and software within collegiate athletics. Since the inception of our roots back in 1998-to-date, athletes in every sport, from over 1,200 individual colleges and universities nationwide, have utilized Career Athletes as a valuable tool in their transition from athletics to the workplace. Career Athletes possesses the largest member based community of current/alumni student-athletes, representing a growing legion of athletes, athletic departments and hundreds of national, regional and local employers. Today, our on-campus training and development seminars to student-athletes are the most relied upon in the nation, with over 900 seminars conducted and over 260,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and Junior Colleges level.