Memphis, Tenn. – Prior to its 26-16 win in the Southern Heritage Classic over Jackson State, the Tennessee State football team found time to visit two Memphis hospitals to give back to the community and long-time supporters.
A third of the squad toured the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, while the remaining members split into two groups and served snacks to patients at the VA Medical Center.
Those that went to St. Jude’s went door-to-door, handing out posters, schedule cards and TSU pennants. The players and coaches interacted with the kids by taking pictures, playing games and giving words of encouragement.
At the VA, the Big Blue Tigers turned into the “Lemonade Brigade” by passing out blue drinks and cookies to the veterans. Members of the team swapped stories with U.S. heroes and the student-athletes showed appreciation for the veterans’ service.
The TSU football team giving back to the city of Memphis during the SHC has become a tradition during head coach Rod Reed’s tenure, as this year marks the fourth time that the squad has visited local hospitals the day prior to the game.