About Trey Athletes
Trey is a Dallas-based nonprofit positioned at the intersection of college sports, education, and racial equity. Our objective is to unlock the untapped potential of college sports by creating successful post-graduate outcomes for all college athletes.
Problem: College athletes lack the professional experiences & support needed to be successful post-graduation. Given their access to a college education and the characteristics required to be a successful college athlete (discipline, coachability, teamwork, etc.), these young adults are brimming with potential. However, 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.
Internships provide students 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. Three out of four (~75% of) non-athlete undergraduate students complete at least one internship; but only one out of three (~33% of) Division 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: Trey Athletes’ Athlete Transition Program provides post-sport career development, post-graduate internship matching, and bespoke athlete transition support from a community of advisors and peers. Through collaboration with existing athlete development programming, Trey’s Athlete Transition Program supports graduating college athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility. Through post-sport career development and advising, post-graduate internship matching, and bespoke athlete transition support, Trey empowers graduating 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: By ensuring post-college success for athletes, creating a significant recruiting advantage for athletic departments and coaches, and enabling corporate sponsors to deepen their relationships with athletic departments while increasing their commitment to diversified hiring practices – 55% of top college basketball and football players are Black, versus just 2.4% of undergraduate students – Trey’s Athlete Transition Program is a true win-win-win for athletes, athletic departments, and corporate sponsors, aligning incentives and benefiting all stakeholders.
Through post-sport career development, internship matching, and bespoke advising/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.
Trey Athletes is thrilled to announce the launch of our no-cost career development pilot program for Summer 2022, 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 2022 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.