Nashville, Tenn. (January 30, 2020) – Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover and Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry announced today a long-term partnership beginning with the launch of the “$1 Million in 1 Month” campaign – a historic, first-of-its-kind fundraising goal that will combine TSU’s passion for education with the best fans in sports during Black History Month.
In a commitment to helping foster the education of many Tennessee State students, the Predators organization made the first donation to the campaign as well as an additional $100,000 of in-kind assets to help spread awareness to the initiative.
Money raised from the campaign will go directly to a scholarship fund benefiting Tennessee State University students in a city-wide effort to help local scholars remain in school and pursue collegiate degrees.
“With the help of the most passionate fan base in all of sports and the Nashville Predators organization, we are proud to partner with Tennessee State University on this life-changing education initiative,” Henry said. “When you combine two great things – the education of the next generation with our passionate fan base, we know that strong goals seem to be more achievable, and that’s what we are hoping to do with this campaign.”
This one-month campaign will be the first of many initiatives between Tennessee State University and the Predators, as both organizations strive to make Smashville a better place to work, live, learn and play.
“Tennessee State University is proud to launch this campaign to give students access to the funds they need to stay in school, graduate and achieve their dreams,” Glover said. “Many students are not able to complete their degrees because of financial hardship, so these funds are very important. We’re excited to have the support of the Predators, and we look forward to contributions from our alumni, friends, and the community to support these TSU students, our leaders of tomorrow.”
Thursday’s announcement was the beginning of a long-term partnership between TSU and the Predators. The Predators also announced that their Saturday, Feb. 1 home game against the Vegas Golden Knights will celebrate the HBCU and Hockey Is For Everyone month as part of “TSU Night.” Headlining “TSU Night” at Bridgestone Arena is the New Direction Gospel Choir, which will perform the national anthem, and the world-renowned TSU Aristocrat of Bands drumline, which will entertain Smashville pregame and throughout the game. Tickets to Saturday’s “TSU Night” against the Golden Knights at Bridgestone Arena are available on Ticketmaster.com.