Fisk University Hosts Groundbreaking Gymnastics Meet Celebrating Diversity and Excellence

six women gymnastics coaches smiling and cheering

Nashville, TN – December 8, 2023 – Mark your calendars for a historic occasion! The Fisk University Bulldogs, a pioneering Historically Black College and University (HBCU) gymnastics team, is poised to blaze a new trail once again. This time, they are not just competing – they are spearheading a historic gymnastics meet that will unite six African-American women head coaches for an unprecedented competition.

On January 15, 2024, the halls of Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gymnasium will witness history in the making, when representatives from Brown University, Iowa State University, Rutgers University, Talladega College, William & Mary University, and, of course, Fisk University converge under one roof for this groundbreaking event. This meet transcends the realm of athletic competition; it serves as a powerful celebration of African-American inclusion and excellence within the world of gymnastics.

Corrinne Tarver, Head Coach of the Fisk University gymnastics team, captures the significance of this gathering. “When Talladega announced they were adding a team and Iowa State hired Ashley Greig, I realized this was a historic moment,” she reflects. “I approached each coach and pitched the idea of having a historic competition featuring every African American coach on the floor together. The idea has been embraced by everyone involved. I cannot say enough about Vanderbilt University and my colleagues at Fisk for all they have done to make this dream a reality.”

This competition embodies the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of progress and perseverance. It represents a giant leap forward for NCAA Women’s Gymnastics, paving the way for more diversity in the sport.

This historic meet is a powerful testament to the incredible progress we are making in the sport of gymnastics,” said Fisk University President, Dr. Agenia Walker Clark. “I am profoundly honored to witness this momentous occasion and I encourage everyone to join us in cheering on these remarkable young women as they take flight on the gymnastics floor.”

Tickets are free for all students with a valid college ID. General admission tickets can be purchased through the Vanderbilt Athletics ticket page. Select the January 15, 2024 Women’s Gymnastics event from the 2023-24 schedule and become part of this inspiring event.

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About Fisk University

Fisk University is a highly-ranked historically Black university, according to U.S. News and World Report, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students continue to enhance the University’s international reputation for academic excellence. Fisk’s scholars continue to make strides in all areas of the industry from Social Justice to the sciences. A Fisk education prepares students to become beacons in servicing the community and well-rounded leaders and scholars in their respective fields. Fisk offers more than 20+ undergraduate and graduate programs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Clinical Psychology with a bridge Masters to Ph.D. program through a partnership with Vanderbilt University. For more information, visit Fisk.edu.

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