About Trey Athletes
Trey Athletes is a Dallas-based nonprofit positioned at the intersection of college sports, education, workforce development, and racial equity. Through post-sport career development, post-graduate internship matching, and bespoke athlete transition support, Trey is developing the diverse and talented young athletes of today to be tomorrow’s changemakers – Because when athletes realize their potential far beyond the court or field, only then will we realize the true power of sports.
Problem: College athletes are among the most diverse and high-potential youth in the country. Demographically, 55% of top college basketball and football players are Black, versus just 2.4% of their fellow undergraduates. Given their access to higher education and the qualities required to be a college athlete (discipline, coachability, teamwork, etc.), these young adults are brimming with potential.
However, college athletes lack the professional experiences and support needed to be successful post-graduation. College athletes average 75+ hour work weeks, including 41 hours per week of sports and 37 hours per week of school. As a result, the vast majority of college athletes are unable to pursue an internship. Three out of four (~75% of) non-athlete undergraduate students complete at least one internship; but only one out of three (~33% of) Div. I basketball and football athletes complete an internship. Only 2% of college athletes go pro, and low internship completion rates put athletes at a significant disadvantage to their non-athlete peers.
Solution: In collaboration with existing college athletic department programming, Trey Athletes’ Athlete Transition Program supports graduating college athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, who belong to a racial/ethnic minority group, and/or who are first-generation college students. Through post-sport career development and advising, post-graduate internship matching, and bespoke athlete transition support, Trey empowers college athletes to build the requisite professional skills needed to successfully obtain an internship, succeed in that internship, and thrive in their lives and careers post-graduation.
Outcomes: In addition to providing athletes with career exposure, relevant work experience, and networking opportunities, 56% of internships result in full-time jobs; and college graduates are 32% more likely to be employed if they’ve completed an internship.
Further, Trey’s Athlete Transition Program is a true win-win-win for athletes, athletic departments, and corporate sponsors alike. By aligning incentives to benefit all stakeholders, Trey ensures post-college success for athletes, Trey creates a significant recruiting advantage for athletic departments and coaches, and Trey enables corporate sponsors to deepen their relationships with athletic departments while increasing their commitment to DEI-based hiring practices.
Trey Athletes is thrilled to announce the launch of our no-cost career development program for Summer 2023, specifically designed for college athletes. Through our partnership with UNT Athletics, Trey is advising college athletes who are graduating, who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, who belong to a racial/ethnic minority group, and/or who are first-generation college students in advance of Summer 2023 employment.
Athletes will attend Trey’s career development sessions covering topics such as: (i) choosing your career, (ii) resume and cover letter writing, (iii) interview preparation, (iv) workplace best practices, and (v) internship placement.
Trey will then match athletes with internships in their preferred industries and support them with weekly group advising throughout the duration of their summer.