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May 26, 2020

Tigers Ready for 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Darien Rencher and Destiny Thomas are set to represent Clemson at the NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum which is set to be held from May 27-29. The three-day event will be held online and is designed to equip and prepare current junior and senior student-athletes with valuable knowledge and insight into the athletic industry, along with valuable professional and leadership development opportunities. Rencher and Thomas are members of Clemson’s football and women’s basketball programs, respectively.

“I am excited for two of our very own student-athletes to represent the Clemson family over the next three days,” said Sable Lee, who serves as one of Clemson’s Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development. “Not only will our student-athletes represent Clemson amongst student-athletes and administrators across the NCAA membership, but they will partake in a transformational experience that will stay with them for the rest of their future endeavors.”

Sessions at the forum will focus on a variety of topics, with presentations set to include how student-athletes can harness their inner strengths, develop career paths, and navigate the industry as young professionals, along with a variety of other motivational and key messaging from an array of speakers. Forum speakers will include individuals that currently serve as athletic directors, head coaches, athletic academic advisors, conference officials, and those serving in a variety of other roles within the sports industry.

“The NCAA does a tremendous job of equipping student-athletes with tangible tools and educating them on what it takes to have a successful career within the sports industry,” said Lee. “There are many former student-athletes whose journey within the world of sports was sparked because of the NCAA Career in Sport Forum and we are excited to hear what Darien and Destiny take away from this great opportunity.”

Rencher is a running back for the Tigers’ football team and is set to enter his redshirt-senior season in 2020. Off the field, Rencher is an Elementary Education major and currently serves as a P.A.W. Journey Ambassador. Rencher has completed micro-internships at Adobe, Cisco and with the NFL.

Thomas is a Sports Communication major and works as an intern with the University’s Communication department as a content and social media strategist. On the court, Thomas is a dominant guard for the women’s basketball team and is set to enter her senior season in 2020-21.

Rencher and Thomas will be a part of the nearly 400 student-athletes from across all levels of the NCAA participating in the event. The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is hosted annually by the NCAA and the 2020 edition of the event will be the first time the forum is held online.