Jan. 6, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletic Department recently agreed to a multi-year partnership with Career Athletes which will provide a national representation of unique networking opportunities and career development resources for current and former student-athletes.

"Career Athletes will allow our current student-athletes to network with former student-athletes and form lifelong partnerships and relationships," said Linda Baines, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services.

The online career community network will provide benefits such as mentoring, professional networking, virtual career coaching and 12 years of best practices from the leading and largest career services organization assisting athletes, athletic departments and campus career centers.

The Hawks "Community Network" consists of current and former student-athletes from the institution as well as local, regional and national employers all managed and monitored by Career Athletes at its home office in the Kansas City area. Individual members of Career Athletes are also able to network with over 65,000 former college athletes from across the nation while having access to over 5,000 career opportunities exclusive to

"We are pleased to assist UMES Athletics with its commitment toward career development of athletes, but it is also just as important to recognize the program's culture of achievement in community service, academic performance and athletic success," stated DJ Washington, Vice President of Career Education and Training.

Through the first semester of athletics this season, the Hawks have already seen academic and athletic success as there have already been seven conference selections, 14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Weekly Honors and an ESPN the Magazine District 2 All-Academic Second Team honors in Zoe Bowens of the women's volleyball team.

In addition to these successes, Hawk student-athletes have been involved in volunteer activities including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive, Garland Hayward Youth Center, Holly Center and more.



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