Student-Athlete Reflects on Participation in NCAA Forum

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SUNY Old Westbury Panther student-athlete Rosanna Cuttone traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, as the campus’ representative to the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in June 2022. 

The Career in Sports Forum is an annual educational program that brings together 200 selected NCAA student-athletes to learn about and explore potential careers in sports, particularly college athletics. This unique three-day forum helps student-athletes chart their career paths. Participants network with and learn from current athletics professionals. 

Of the experience, Cuttone said that she had multiple takeaways: “learning that life is ‘more than the sport that you play,’ but that being an athlete contributes to your character was an important lesson. Learning from the coaching panel what makes a great coach, and from the keynote speaker on the skills to build your value was very informative. I look forward to bringing some of these lessons back to the coaching staff at Old Westbury, and building collaborations across campus to discuss topics like career development and mental health.”  

A resident of East Meadow, New York, Cuttone is a rising senior majoring in Psychology who competes in both softball and cross country at SUNY Old Westbury. 

 "We are very proud of Rosanna and the way she handles herself on the field and in the classroom," said SUNY Old Westbury Athletic Director Lenore Walsh. "She is more than qualified to be among the elite group of student-athletes that were vetted and then chosen to attend this forum. Her participation shines a light on our program as a whole and what our Panther athletes are accomplishing through their studies and in their lives." 

About the SUNY Old Westbury Athletics Program 

Located in Old Westbury, New York, the athletics department of SUNY Old Westbury is a NCAA Division III member. The Panthers have 11 programs including men's teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer and women's teams for basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The Panthers are a member of the Skyline Athletic Conference where it competes among 12 colleges and universities located in the New York metropolitan area.