PHOTO GALLERY - Courtesy of Katherine Seghers
NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee State student-athletes Robert Covington, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Anthony Levine highlighted the Celebrity Basketball Game presented by TBH Sports at the Gentry Center on Friday night.
The night began with a meet and greet where fans were able to meet and get autographs from some of their favorite NBA and NFL players.
The game featured free-flowing action with offense as the focus. The team donning the black uniforms earned a 101-88 victory over the red team on the night. Covington, Rodgers-Cromartie, Levine and Brandon Williams were among the TSU alums to play.
Covington, a forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, led all scorers on the night with 48 points to lead the black squad. Another Ohio Valley Conference favorite, Isaiah Canaan - a Murray State grad, paced the red squad with 32 points.
As part of the halftime festivities, Covington, Rodgers-Cromartie and Levine all announced that they are making significant donations back to the Tennessee State University Athletic Department. TSU’s band, the Aristocrat of Bands, also entertained the crowd during halftime.
Baltimore Ravens DB Anthony Levine
“Any time I get a chance to come back to TSU and do something for the community, I’m all for it. This is where it all started for me. I was given my opportunity to come here. I love Big Blue Nation. Any time I’m able to come back, I’m with it.
- On coming back to TSU
“Being part of it is amazing. When I meet the guys now, they talk to me and ask for advice. I’m able to give those guys words of wisdom to encourage them to fight for their dream.”
- On being able to remain a part of the program
New York Giants DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
“It’s a great thing. It’s where I went to school. They gave me the opportunity to play football. To come down here, it’s always love.”
- On being part of the game at Tennessee State
“It’s very important. When you come back, they see your face and it gives them a little bit of motivation. If Dominique (Rodgers-Cromartie) and Anthony (Levine) walk through these same halls we did, maybe we have a chance too, so it’s always good to come back to give that kind of motivation.”
- On how important it is to be part of the program
Philadelphia 76ers Forward Robert Covington
“It’s an amazing feeling to give back to where I grew up in college. I had an amazing four years here, just to see myself develop as a player and a person and all the lives I touched when I was here. The main thing for this is just to give back to the community and just really focus on really giving kids the opportunity to really showcase and be around this type of talent. We have guys from all around the world in different cities playing for different professional teams. The opportunity was to bring everyone together and have a good time and put on a good show.”
- On what it means to be back at TSU