Applehans invited to Career in Sports Forum
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Softball - Tue, May 30, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Recent Cornell College graduate and softball standout Jesse Applehans (SR/Highlands Ranch, Colo.) is among more than 230 NCAA student-athletes invited to attend the Career in Sports Forum June 1-4 in Indianapolis.

Participants expressing a career interest working in the sports industry and viewed as leaders on their campuses were nominated by athletics administrators at their respective schools.

An NCAA membership committee selected three student-athletes from the Midwest Conference, including Applehans, Illinois College's Alexis Zazuaeta (men's soccer) and Lake Forest's James Schick (men's basketball).

"Supporting NCAA student-athlete leaders with their education is a key goal for the Association," said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. "Our Career in Sports Forum puts student-athletes, 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 futures after graduation."

Forum attendees, with representation from 73 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists. Participants will learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a bettering understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.

Applehans, a double major in economics & business and kinesiology, carried a cumulative 3.92 grade point average. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was the 2017 recipient of Cornell's prestigious Russell W. Landis Award, recognizing academic excellence, campus leadership and athletic development over four years.

An all-region and all-conference softball performer, Applehans graduated as the program's all-time leader with 41 pitching wins. Applehans was named Team MVP for the second straight year and was part of 102 victories with the Rams.