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30 Days of Giving Launches June 1

Original Post by Nick Guerrio, TSU Athletics

NASHVILLE — Tennessee State Athletics will use the Month of June for its ’30 Days of Giving’ to bring Roar City together to pledge support for the Tigers.

The month of giving is an opportunity for every Tiger to support their favorite athletic program at TSU. Alumni, friends, and supporters interested in making their mark on TSU Athletics are encouraged to participate in June and support specific programs that resonate with their TSU experience.

“We are thrilled to launch the ’30 Days of Giving’ initiative because it provides an opportunity for everyone that loves this storied program to have an impact,” said TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Mikki Allen. “Furthermore, it enhances our department’s ability to provide a transformational experience for our current student-athletes and future Tigers.”

The TSU Athletics Giving Challenge will help the Tigers’ 15 intercollegiate athletic teams raise funds for specific equipment, travel and training enhancements for their program. Every gift made to this campaign contributes to the training, opportunities, and success of Tennessee State student-athletes, and to building an even stronger foundation for athletic success.

Each day in June, a coach, a member of the athletic staff, an alum, or a member of the University will tell you why they support Tennessee State Athletics and why you should donate to the Tennessee State Athletic Fund.

To learn more about the TSU Athletics ’30 Days of Giving’, please visit our campaign website at for information and to make your contribution.

Cheeseborough to Lead Team USA at Pan Am Games

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State track and field coach Chandra Cheeseborough will lead Team USA at the and Pan American Games this summer as one of the squad’s assistant coaches.

The track & field portion of the Pan American Games takes place July 20-26, 2015 in Toronto, Canada at CIBC Pan/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium at York University. The third-largest international multi-sport Games, the 2015 Pan American Games will welcome over 7,000 athletes from across the Americas and the Caribbean.

Cheeseborough has coached at TSU since 1994 and has led the track and field program to eight Ohio Valley Conference Track and Field Championships. The titles include: 2001 (outdoor), 2002 (indoor and outdoor), 2003 (indoor), 2008 (indoor and outdoor), 2014 (Indoor), and the 2015 (Outdoor) crowns. She is also a eight-time OVC Coach of the Year.

A regular in the international coaching ranks, Cheeseborough was named the sprinter’s coach for the 2008 USA Team that competed in the Beijing, China Olympics. USA captured 23 medals which included 10 gold, eight silver, five bronze medals.

In 2009, she served as the women’s head coach for Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Berlin, Germany. At the IAAF under Cheeseborough, the team collected 22 medals overall, winning more than any other country to dominate the placing table with 231 points. Team USA registered 10 gold, six silver and six bronze medals along with several outstanding performances.

As an athlete under legendary coach Edward S. Temple, the Jacksonville, Fla. native was named to three United States Olympic teams. She placed sixth as a 17-year old in the 100-meter dash in Montreal (1976). She qualified for the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team that did not compete because of a boycott. In 1984, at the Los Angeles games, she made Olympic history by running a leg on two gold-medal relay teams and was the silver medalist in the 400-meters.

The selection as assistant coach for the 2015 Pan American Games will be the first appointment at the event of her career. She previously coached the USA junior team in 1999.

Dameus, Hughes Make NCAA National Championship

Tennessee State University News Service. – Tennessee State Tigerbelles Clairwin Dameus and Amber Hughes are headed to the NCAA National Championship following their performances in the East Preliminary over the weekend.

Dameus placed 10th in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.09 meters. Her season-best was 6.16 in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship on May 15. Hughes, the reigning OVC Female Athlete of the Outdoor Championship, came in 12th in the 100-meter hurdles to earn her berth into the nation’s top track and field competition. The Atlanta, Ga. native also narrowly missed qualifying in the triple jump, placing 13th (12.77 meters). The TSU duo will prepare for a trip to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Championship on June 10-13.