Katherine Bennett was a pioneer is Women’s Sports. From 1940 until 1944, she attended NC A&T where she encountered her first female athlete. She became intrigued by the world of sports. Bennett joined the Women’s Athletic Association. From 1947 until 1953, she worked as a health and physical education professor at Hampton Institute. Bennett also coordinated the women’s athletics program. In the late 1950s, she created guidelines that would ultimately lead to incorporating women’s athletics into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). In 1968, Bennett coached the first competitive women’s basketball team at VSU, and in 1975 she directed the first CIAA women’s basketball tournament at Virginia State.