NDWorks Podcast: Tennessee State at Notre Dame


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Notre Dame hosts Tennessee State in our domestic football home opener Saturday, Sept. 2. This will be the first time the two schools meet on the football field and the first time Notre Dame’s football program will compete against a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). 

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JP Abercrumbie, Executive Associate Athletics Director - Culture and Engagement (left) with Jenna Liberto, Director of Internal Communications (right)

JP Abercrumbie serves as executive associate athletics director for culture and engagement. She is responsible for stewardship of a culture of inclusive excellence in Notre Dame Athletics, including leading diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She talks with Internal Communications Director Jenna Liberto about the rich traditions and similar origin stories represented at both universities as well as the opportunities presented by this matchup beyond the football game.  

Visit Experience ND to explore the ways you can take part in the events leading up to and during TSU-ND weekend, which include the opportunity to hear from Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover. She joins Angela Logan, the St. Andre Bessette Academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration Program at the Mendoza College of Business, for a discussion about a new framework of business leadership. This event is the first in the ThinkND: Powerful Conversations series in which Logan and Black women leaders will discuss the importance of race, gender, and faith to the work of leadership. 

Join colleagues and campus visitors for a moderated tour of the spotlight exhibit, “Football and Community at Historically Black Colleges and Universities” in the Rare Books & Special Collections department of the Hesburgh Libraries. Curator Greg Bond, sports archivist and sports subject specialist for Hesburgh Libraries, will introduce the exhibit and answer any questions. The exhibit tour will be accompanied by an open house featuring additional items and objects on display from the Joyce Sports Research Collection related to the history of HBCU football and the history of African American athletes.

Notre Dame kicks off against Tennessee State University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Single-game tickets are available at FightingIrish.com.

Curious about the game logo? There's a lot of meaning behind what you see. Watch the video below to learn more about what it means and how it brings two outstanding universities together.