For the second year, the Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC), an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber, hosted the College Recruiting, Eligibility, and Compliance Forum (REC) for college-bound student-athletes. The forum was held on February 11 from 5-9pm at The Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center. The REC Forum was presented by CHKD Sports Medicine.
Guest speaker Larry Rubama, sports writer with The Virginian-Pilot, gave a presentation titled “It’s Bigger Than You.” Rubama discussed the impact social media can have on student-athletes. “The number one rule is always think before you post,” he said. Rubama reminded attendees that they are reflections of their teammates, coaches, school and family. “Don’t tweet what’s on your mind after a loss,” he advised. Rubama explained that social media should be a positive tool to share good news about yourself and your team.
Student-athletes and their parents learned the ins and outs of the recruiting process from local Division I, II & III colleges, the CIAA and NCAA. Attendees were given important tips for higher education, emphasizing that academics are the main focus and that willpower is very important. Guests enjoyed a college and vendor fair allowing students and parents to talk one-on-one with college and business representatives.
Morgan Lang, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission, awarded scholarships to Thomas Rawley Dawson of Cape Henry Collegiate School and Bailey Stewart of Grassfield High School.