Tufts Athletics recently hired Trevena Bennett as its first Athletics Civic Life Coordinator.
In this new position at the university, which is funded through the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts, Bennett will work with coaches and student-athletes to help coordinate Tufts Athletics’ community service and civic engagement. On top of that, she will network within the community and find new opportunities and initiatives and match those with individual student-athletes and teams.
Bennett has plenty of experience within college athletics, as she is a former student-athlete and coach herself. She was a starter on the women’s basketball team at Bentley University, where she played for Hall of Fame coach Barbara Stevens. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing with a minor in Sports Business Management from Bentley in 2018. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Professional Studies and Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
A native of Orange, New Jersey, Bennett is also the Executive Director of her own non-profit organization, L-Train Memorial Corporation, which provides scholarships to high school students in Union, New Jersey. She also spent one season (2018-19) as the girls' basketball coach at Union High School.
Prior to coming to Tufts, Bennett worked as a tutor and AmeriCorps member at the New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson, New Jersey for the past year. Among several responsibilities in that role, she served the Great Falls Promise Neighborhood of Paterson through community engagement.
Bennett started at Tufts in November. She is the also the connection between Jumbo student-athletes and Tisch College programs such as the Honos Civics Society - which recognizes graduating students who engaged in meaningful service and leadership activities or otherwise strengthened civic life on campus and beyond during their time at Tufts - and the Tisch Summer Fellows, in which undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from across the university engage with critical social issues, add capacity to host sites, and advance the public good while developing their own professional skills and networks.