Kansas Athletics, Career Athletes Connect Athletes with Mentors and Training

Aug. 21, 2009

Kansas Athletics and Career Athletes have recently agreed to a partnership providing University of Kansas student-athletes a truly unique resource for career development.

Over the past 10 years, Career Athletes has conducted more than 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.

“This partnership is an important component of our commitment to provide the best services possible for our student-athletes,” said KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins. “That commitment includes preparing young men and women for the next phase of their lives. We believe our partnership with Career Athletes will enable us to assist greatly in student-athletes’ transition from the classroom to the board room.”

“It’s obvious that the administration at the University of Kansas 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.”

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 800 seminars conducted and over 250,000 student-athletes educated on-campus within college athletic departments at the NCAA, NAIA and Junior Colleges level.