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Wednesday, May 7, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Teresa Phillips, athletics director at Tennessee State University, has been honored as one of the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports as selected by Sports Illustrated magazine. The list, which appears as a special report in the May 5 of the nationally-acclaimed magazine, recognizes ?a new generation? of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans has risen to positions of power on and off the field." The report also says that the men and women ?are reshaping the sports industry and opening doors through which others will follow.? Phillips has just completed her first year as permanent athletics director after serving as interim AD on three different occasions. She is listed as No. 91 on the list. As one of only 24 female AD's at the NCAA Division I level, she is guiding the department in a positive direction. She also gained national attention this past winter when she coached the men's basketball team for a game. The ?New World Order? edition of Sports Illustrated comes 35 years after SI published ?The Black Athlete,? a groundbreaking series on the issue of race and sports. Robert Johnson, founder of BET, who was recently awarded the NBA's newest franchise, leads the list. Rounding out the top five were golfer Tiger Woods, tennis player Serena Williams, future basketball hall of famer Michael Jordan, and Anaheim Angels owner Arturo Moreno. Appearing just ahead of TSU's Phillips is all-time home run king Hank Aaron, the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. Right behind Phillips is Jarome Iginla the first black player to win NHL goal and scoring titles. Phillips is highlighted in the May issue of Ebony Magazine in the Speaking of People section.