NASHVILLE --- Members of the Tennessee State University athletics department participated in the annual Mardi Gras Parade at the VA Medical Center Monday morning.
Representatives from golf, softball and women’s basketball were present for the event that takes place during National Salute to Veteran Patients week. The Tigers joined other sports programs from the Nashville area to say thank you to a special group of men and women for their service.
During the parade, players, coaches and team managers went around the hospital visiting with patients. They passed out beads and took photos with the residents.
“Participating in the Mardi Gras Parade at the VA Med Center was a great experience for us. We got to thank a Vet and bring them some joy and it brought us happiness as well! Looking forward to doing it again next year.”
- Head Softball Coach Andrea Browning
“We were truly honored to be able to bring the excitement of Mardi Gras to those who have served this country. With the Armed Forces being near and dear to the Women’s Basketball Family, we wanted to make sure we could be a part of the reason as to why they smile daily. More importantly it was amazing to see so many TSU Alumni that were Vets. We would like to thank all the men & women who have served this country and we look forward to working with the VA here in Nashville on other endeavors in the near future."
-Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jessica Kern
"The Mardi Gras parade at the VA is always a special day for me. I spent many an hour sitting with my father here so I understand just how much it means to our Veterans to have somebody brighten their day. Just the opportunity to thank our Veterans for their service is always very special to me."
- Head Golf Coach Parrish McGrath
"My experience at the VA hospital was great. Volunteering alongside Nashville's other athletic programs to thank the veterans for their service was lit ...I had a lot of fun."
- Maxine Beard, Women’s Basketball
“Being able to hand out beads to veterans was a life lesson for me because the simplest thing made their day. Living outside of a hospital we don't really realize what we're missing out on.”
-Whitney Ennis, Softball
"Visiting the hospital to participate in the Mardi Gras parade was very enjoyable. It always feels good to be able to give back to others."
- Andreana Wrister, Women’s Basketball
"It was a very fulfilling experience. We shared and received many smiles and was able to show appreciation to our veterans in our community!"
- Women's Basketball Team Manager, Morgan Norwood