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On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, TSU Director of Athletics, Teresa Phillips will be honored by the Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) at its annual awards banquet.

The OIC Nashville Board of Directors will honor Phillips with the prestigious Lion of Zion Award. Past honorees include Eddie George, Mayor Karl Dean, Fisk University President Dr. Hazel O' Leary and many other notable leaders in the Nashville Community.

Nashville OIC has provided job training and job placement services to the community since 1968. It was founded in Philadelphia in 1964 by the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan.  It has grown rapidly and trains the unemployed and underemployed in 106 communities nationwide.

The mission of Nashville OIC is to provide education, training, counseling and job placement services for citizens of the community who are disadvantaged economically, educationally and socially.

The organization's vision is to guide people on a successful road to self-achievement: leading to self-reliance. OIC's GED test preparation classes, computer training classes, and job placement services are very valuable and accessible to a high-need community of individuals who face many barriers to success and achievement.

OIC students attend the awards banquet to experience inspiring testimonials of career and academic accomplishments in an effort to provide motivation for continuing their education.

During the ceremony, Phillips will share remarks following the presentation of the award.

All proceeds from the event are used to fund OIC's programs and services. The awards banquet will be held at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.


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