The South Carolina Department of Education and the Marcus Lattimore Foundation recently hosted a career development program for more than 250 high school athletes.
The student-athletes from 16 schools across the Midlands were invited to attend the My Career After the Game seminar. The program is meant to prepare students for college academics and athletics, and how to choose a degree that will lead to a desired career path. The participants were selected for the program based on academics, discipline, and athletic leadership.
"I am proud to join Marcus Lattimore in his efforts to guide student-athletes in both their academic and athletic careers during high school and beyond," State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said. "It is very exciting anytime we're discussing the prospects of a South Carolina athlete becoming a professional in their chosen sport. However, all student-athletes should develop a career plan to sustain them after their athletic career is finished. Marcus' commitment to helping these student-athletes make the right choices is second to none, and we are truly grateful for his inspirational leadership.".
The program featured presentations on relevant topics including NCAA eligibility, professional etiquette, job interview techniques and personal finance.
Keynote speakers included Chris Wolfe, former player on the LPGA Tour; and Sheldon Brown, former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns.