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Student-Athletes Prepare for the Real World at CIAA

During the 2018 CIAA basketball tournament, several Shaw student-athletes were there not only to enjoy the festivities and games, but to prepare for their future careers as well.

The CIAA Men and Women Empowerment Symposium featured a career expo, a women’s empowerment brunch, professional development and leadership sessions, a diversity workshop, networking opportunities, and community service events.

Christine Ngeve, a junior volleyball player from Greensboro, said it was exciting to be meet and learn from other people of color in a professional environment.

“The most fun part of the symposium was being around so much black excellence,” said Ngeve. “The experience really encouraged me to be a leader and step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be around like-minded people and learn from my peers, as well as the people who were running the symposium.”

The mission of the symposium was to expose student-athletes to entrepreneurial and leadership development tools, as well as diversity and inclusion skills.

Thilo Wilke, a junior soccer player from Germany, says the community service aspect of the symposium was the most fun for him. The CIAA partnered with Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit that provides shoes to children who otherwise may not be able to afford them. The student-athletes participated by washing children’s feet at a Charlotte elementary school and fitting them for new shoes.

“I saw so many excited kids and happiness in their eyes when we gave them new shoes,” said Wilke. “That was special and an emotional moment for me.”