NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State University women’s basketball team hosted the Kern’s Korner Alumni Breakfast Friday morning during Homecoming week.
Former women’s basketball players gathered minutes from campus at Fat Bottom Brewing in The Nations, one of the hottest and fastest growing neighborhoods in Nashville.
The event began with alumni, current players, coaches and supporters fellowshipping before Bishop Joseph Walker, III opened with prayer.
After enjoying breakfast, senior Maxine Beard had words before head coach Jessica Kern spoke to the group.
While Coach Kern had the floor, she asked all of the current and former Lady Tigers to introduce themselves.
“I was absolutely elated with our turnout at the first Kern’s Korner Women’s Basketball Alumni event,” commented Kern. “Not only did our current players get to see first hand what women of distinction and excellence looks like - they were able to see that a TSU woman is a woman of great character. I look forward to the continued support and future events to come. Thank you to all the administration and community officials that attended. The future looks bright for TSU Women’s Basketball.”
Kern talked about her vision for the program, fundraising initiatives, mentorship programs and the importance of remaining connected with the past women’s basketball generation.
The day concluded with photos, more fellowship and gifts for the alumni.
Lady Tiger Alumni Quotes
“I had an amazing time at the alumni breakfast. This is a great event because it gives the Lady Tiger Alumni an opportunity to meet and build relationships with the current players before the season starts. When I played, it made me proud to see familiar faces in the stands that had been through the program now supporting us. It is important for me to support and give back to a program that helped me develop not only as a basketball player, but as a person and woman. I look forward to seeing the Women's Basketball Alumni breakfast grow each year.” – Dr. Meredith Stafford Perry
“If-it-is-to-be-it-is-up-to-all-of-us to keep legacy of the TSU women’s basketball program ongoing. I’m thrilled as a local high school coach to make a connection with the team and the coaching staff. I believe that the partnership can develop meaningful relationships for the student-athletes and coaches at both levels. – Tristin Johnson- Williams
“Being apart of the alumni breakfast was very refreshing to see fellow former TSU Lady Tigers and to hear the plans and direction of the women’s basketball program from Coach Kern and her coaching staff. The team has amazing and exciting plans this year. I feel that with the support and mentorship from us alumni it will further help push these young ladies to not only be successful in the classroom and on the court, but to help push and motivate these young ladies to live a well balanced and successful life in the real world upon graduating from TSU. – LaDona Pierce
“I had a great time at the Alumni breakfast! I enjoyed hearing coach Kern’s new and positive ideas that she has for the women’s program; ideas that will not only make them better athletes but also better women outside of basketball! I will definitely stay connected with the program and will be anxious to see the program progress under her leadership! - Kesi Hess
"I really enjoyed the breakfast. It allowed old players to reunite as well as meet the new players. I believe that Coach Kern and her staff will be very successful developing these young women on and off the court. I want to continue to stay connected to the program because I want to be someone the new players can talk to. I want to see this program be extremely successful." – Diamond Beatty
"The concept of keeping Lady Tiger Alumni involved is one that will help not only with player development, but personal, career and overall advancement. Knowing you have the support and resources of those before you, allows one to stay focused and productive! I want to stay connected to the program in order to be able to help provide the true TSU Lady Tiger experience alongside aiding in professional maturation." - Dr. Simone Hopes