Alumni of Savannah State will gather in Atlanta on July 11 for SuperTiger Fest at Grant Park. The festivities will last from 1p.m. until 7 p.m. The three-day event, in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles, will raise college scholarships for students entering SSU. Last year, alumni from the Class of 1957 to the Class of 2008 were in attendance and over 700 participants are expected this year. The cookout will culminate with the awarding of two monetary scholarships for incoming freshmen to Savannah State. The weekend starts on July 10 with the 2nd Annual SSU Summer Homecoming White Party at Carnegie’s located at 55 Park Place in Northeast Atlanta. After the cookout on Saturday afternoon, the After Party will take place at 595 North Event Venue & Lounge in northwest Atlanta. The events are put on by the SSU Super Tiger Foundation which is made up of former SSU football players Chennis Berry, Michael Stovall, Benji Turman and Johnnie Green.
MEAC Pays Visit
Officials from the Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference made a visit to Savannah State on June 29 and 30. Making the visit to the campus were Dennis Thomas (MEAC commissioner); Sonja Stills (MEAC assistant commissioner for administration and compliance/senior woman administrator); Dwight Datcher (Howard athletics director); Henry Brooks (Maryland-Eastern Shore faculty athletics representative); and Adeanah Pooler (South Carolina State senior woman administrator/assistant academic enhancement). The committee arrived in town on June 29 and ate dinner at the home of the SSU president. On June 30, the group met with SSU administrators, athletics staff, student-athletes and athletic boosters as well as toured some of SSU’s athletic facilities. When asked about the visit, SSU’s president said ” I thought the visit went real well. The committee saw a lot of things they appreciated and thought would be beneficial to the conference, specifically our location and interest.” Dr. Yarbrough added that the committee had no major concerns but stated “with every visit suggestions were made on some things that we can improve upon.”
Plump Runs At
Savannah State sprinter Eric Plump competed in the USATF Junior Nationals on June 27 in Eugene, Oregon. Plump ran in the men’s 200m and missed making the finals by finishing 9th with a time of 21.82. The top eight finishers advanced to the finals. Joshua Howard placed 8th with a time of 21.77.
FVSU’s Boone Out
Russell Boone who served as sports information director at Fort Valley State for 18 years has been relieved of his duties. During Boone’s tenure at FVSU, he arranged all sports information activities for all the Wildcat and Lady Wildcat athletic teams and served as the primary media contact for all athletic teams. The Itta Bena, Mississippi native received his bachelor of arts degree in mass communications for Lincoln University of Missouri. There, Boone served as assistant SID for one year before taking over and serving as SID for four years. Boone’s last official day as the Wildcats SID was May 15