FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University athletic department and Career Athletes have recently agreed to a partnership providing Patriot student-athletes a truly unique resource for career development.
Over the past 10 years, Career Athletes has conducted over 800 training and development seminars at universities throughout the country providing much needed career education for over 250,000 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.
“We feel that this association will provide positive opportunities for both our current and past student-athletes,” said Francis Marion director of athletics Murray Hartzler. “Career Athletes will allow us to re-connect with alumni student-athletes in a new way, and to keep them informed of happenings on the campus. More importantly, it allows current student-athletes to connect with alumni in a mentoring fashion, and it will present current student-athletes with career opportunities for their post-playing days.”
“It’s obvious that the administration at Francis Marion 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.”
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 800 seminars conducted and over 250,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and junior college level.