Nashville, Tenn. - To strengthen community relation efforts and recognize Black History Month, Tennessee State University football head coach Rod Reed joined Senator Thelma Harper at the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center to speak to students.
Reed and Harper highlighted the education department's celebration of Black History Month with students delivering a program that included music, an art display and power-point presentations of the Lunch Counter Sit-ins and Jim Crow Laws of the 1960's.
Sen. Harper, a graduate of TSU, invited Reed to help encourage students by motivating them in the same manner as the student-athletes on the field. Reed focused his discussion on life choices and overcoming mistakes.
"Whenever I have the opportunity to encourage students; I try to do just that. No matter their situation, where they are; is not who they are," said Reed. "The students gave a fantastic presentation in recognizing Black History Month. They were very attentive during the discussion about life choices. I explained to them that even adults make mistakes in life. However, it's not about the mistake; it's how well you respond to the mistake."
The center's assistant superintendent Yolanda Hockett, principal Janette Carter and employees extended their gratitude by opening another invitation to Reed to visit the center again.
"We (TSU Athletics) want to make it clear to the community that we want to reinforce our relationship with the residents of the city in lieu of their support of us. I welcome another opportunity to speak with the students again with hopes of bringing some of our student-athletes to help serve as mentors," said Reed.