Nashville --- The inaugural Sport Girls Rock College Experience sponsored by the Tennessee State University athletics department on Monday was a success.
Nearly 200 young people from schools across Nashville came out to the Gentry Center for the midday festivities.
The purpose of the Sports Girls Rock College Experience was to expose young girls in grades 4-8 to college majors and the benefit of participation in sports. The event celebrated Title IX and honored the monumental strides of female sports. The goal was to promote the message that there are no limitations for females in sports.
The day began with an exhibition that included representatives from various colleges and organizations around Nashville and on TSU's campus. Some of the organizations that were present at the exhibition were: Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Tennessee Department of Health, Amerigroup, Cover Tennessee, Athletics, Student Services and Student Activities.
The TSU Colleges involved were Health Sciences, Occupational Health, Physical Therapy, Education, Liberal Arts, Communication, Dental Hygiene, Art, Business, Agricultural Science, Allied Health Science, Healthcare Administration and Nutrition.
Following the exhibition, the Lady Tiger basketball team faced off against Morehead State. TSU would go on to defeat MSU, 82-57, and earn an OVC Tournament berth.
During halftime of the TSU-MSU contest, Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips was honored as a part of the Title IX 40th year celebration for her accomplishments and contributions to women's sports.
In addition to many others, students from metro schools' Brick Church Middle, Haynes Middle and The Cohn Academy were in attendance.