Senior Kick-off Luncheon Launches 2011 Season
The Tennessee State 2011 football season got off to a rousing start on Friday, August 26, 2011 with the Senior kick-off Luncheon. An annual fundraiser, held at the Nashville Marriott-Vanderbilt.
The event, hosted by Nashville radio personality George Plaster, was a standing-room only affair attended by sponsors and donors to the Tigers' football program.
The day's entertainment was provided by the Tennessee State Aristocrat of bands with the TSU Cheerleaders serving as hosts and hostesses.
The program began with an introduction of the twelve senior players and remarks from captains of the offensive team, quarterback Jeremy Perry, and the defensive team, linebacker Rico Council.
TSU Athletic Director, Teresa Phillips, presented plagues and mementos the many corporate and private donors in attendance. Coach Rod Reed introduced his staff and reminded all in attendance that the success of the Tigers' program was a collective effort of the team, coaches and the community. Mrs. Phillips asked for a moment of silence to honor the life and memory Judge A.A. Birch who passed away the previous evening.
The program had a rousing end with remarks from TSU Interim President Portia Shields who renewed her call for monetary support renovation of Hale Stadium to play football on campus in "The Hole".
The Tigers will conclude summer practice on Saturday with Fan Appreciation Day in the newly completed Indoor Practice Facility on campus.
Tennessee State opens their season on Saturday, September 3, 2011, hosting Southern University in the John Merritt Classic at LP Field.