Nashville --- The Tennessee State University Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) along with the entire athletics department and many others came together to honor long time FCA leader Mr. Lee Brown Monday evening in Kean Hall.
Mr. Lee Brown, also known as "Daddy Brown", has served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Nashville) Urban Ministry for 12 years. He also serves as the chaplain for TSU athletics and has mentored many student-athletes over the years.
The surprise event, spearheaded by the FCA leadership team, was put on to say thank you to Mr. Brown for his tireless, undying support to the TSU student-athletes, athletic administration/coaches and the TSU community. The celebration also honored his wife Mrs. Rose Brown as she has been a great support and loving presence for Mr. Brown over the years.
The idea was the brainchild of associate head athletic trainer and FCA advisor Patrice Elder but there were many individuals who helped make the program a success. The Tennessee State University FCA leadership team, coaches and administrators as well as the Middle Tennessee FCA each provided assistance. Vollie Hodges in biological sciences, Aramark and Party Animals Decorations also contributed.
The program featured a corporate prayer by SWA Valencia Jordan before the guest speaker Jonathan Orr got up to share. Orr, a behavior specialist in Nashville Metro Public Schools, has been Mr. Brown's mentee since 2007.
Director for the Pacific Northwest FCA, Scott Cooper and his wife flew in from Seattle to be a part of the celebration while representatives from Born Again Church and Pearl Cohn Magnet School also spoke.
Also during the program, there was a video presentation that had audio and video clips of former FCA members from over the years. Each individual spoke about how Mr. and Mrs. Brown have touched their lives and the lives of others.
The student-athletes played a major role in the celebration. Each athletic team presented Mr. Brown with special gifts. Some of the gifts Mr. Brown received included autographed balls, hand-made posters, framed pictures, and cards. Mr. Brown also received a framed football jersey which highlighted a scripture that he often uses, Galations 6:9.
"It was great to see people come from all over to celebrate a man that was well overdue for a Thank You ," said Patrice Elder. "Jessica Brewster, Duvall Young and Charles Sparkman were definitely great in assisting me in making this program go smoothly. I am so thankful that they believed in the vision. God may have given this vision to me, but the vision brought many people together to see and BELIEVE. God was in that room last night."