Name: Tamara Brown
Sport: Field Hockey
Year of Graduation: 2011
Major: Child Development
Where do you currently work and what do you do?
I currently work as an Occupational Therapist with a non-profit organization called Brain Injury Services based out of Northern Virginia. I went to Tufts for graduate school right after finishing undergrad (double Jumbo!) and then spent my first five or so years after that working in big rehab hospitals in the DC area. In the past year, I shifted to a more community-based clinical role and now work with brain injury survivors to help them increase their independence at home, at work and in the community.
What is your favorite Tufts memory?
I have so many, including two years at the NCAA Final Four, but I think my very favorite was beating Bowdoin at Bowdoin on Halloween to close out an undefeated regular season my sophomore year. Tufts Field Hockey was just starting to really break out onto the national scene and I think that win and that season really made a statement that set the stage for years to come. Plus, it was Halloween so our post-game celebration was filled with parents and fans dressed up as elephants and it all is just forever etched into my memory in the best of ways.
How has the Tufts community helped in your professional life since graduating?
I've worked alongside other Tufts alumni, as well as worked with patients who were Tufts graduates or have a connection to Tufts in some way and there is always an instant connection and unspoken bond. I'm so grateful for the life lessons and skills that I gained during my time at Tufts, both as a student and as an athlete, and I feel that they have shaped me as a professional and a healthcare worker in countless ways. Many of my former teammates and coaches remain some of my closest friends to this day and I've loved continuing to learn and grow as people alongside them.
One of the top scorers in NCAA Division III field hockey history, Brown is the Tufts program's all-time leading scorer with 182 points on 78 goals and 26 assists. She scored 79 more points than the next Jumbo on the career scoring list. Brown was the leading scorer on Jumbo teams that advanced to the NCAA Final in 2008 and played in the NCAA Final Four in 2009. She has the top three single-season scoring totals at Tufts, including a record 61 points in 2008. Her 28 goals that season is also the school record, and eight times in her career she scored three goals or more in a game. Tufts' Hester L. Sargent Award recipient as best female athlete in 2008, Brown was a three-time All-American and two-time NESCAC Player of the Year. Brown was inducted into the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
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