EmergeAthletes Career Combine 2024

On February 22, 2024, EmergeAthletes organized the inaugural Career Combine, an event designed to empower student athletes with valuable insights and networking opportunities. The event, held at the Detroit Pistons
Performance Center in Detroit, Michigan, served as a platform for student athletes to engage directly with recruiters from a variety of reputable organizations, including the Michigan State Police, Ilitch Sports & Entertainment, Henry Ford Health, Rocket Companies, Detroit Pistons and more.

Structured to offer a blend of networking and learning experiences, the Career Combine featured three informative speaking sessions. The first session was led by Jehuu Caulcrick, a former Michigan State University and NFL running back, who has successfully transitioned into the corporate world with CrossFire Group. Caulcrick shared practical advice and personal anecdotes, offering invaluable insights into navigating the transition from athletics to professional life.

Following Caulcrick’s session, a panel of professionals from the world of professional sports took the stage. Aaron Ryley from Illitch Sports & Entertainment, alongside Andy Myers and Gabrielle Reed from the Detroit Pistons, provided an inside look into the workings of professional sports organizations, offering valuable insights and career advice.

The event concluded with a focus on careers in minor league sports, featuring Brandon Sizemore from the Motor City Cruise (basketball) and Scott Brand from the Motor City Rockers (ice hockey). Their perspectives shed light on the opportunities and challenges within the minor league sports industry.

Throughout the event, attendees actively participated in engaging Q&A sessions, seizing the opportunity to delve deeper into the topics discussed and gain further insights from the speakers.

The Career Combine received praise from both attendees and organizers alike. Speaking on behalf of EmergeAthletes, Joe Bamberger expressed gratitude to the speakers for their willingness to share their knowledge and experiences. Joe Bamberger also commended the student athletes for their active engagement and thoughtful questions, which contributed to the success of the event.

As the event concluded, it left a lasting impact on all participants, highlighting the importance of providing opportunities for student athletes to explore diverse career paths and gain valuable insights from industry professionals.

EmergeAthletes remains committed to empowering student athletes as they navigate their journey beyond the field and looks forward to organizing similar impactful events in the future.

To learn more about this event and other events where you can engage student athletes – visit: www.emergeathletes.com