Our blood runs blue.

From our Olympic tradition (41 Tigers have competed since 1952) to our reputation in the Ohio Valley as fearsome competitors, Tennessee State Athletics has a heritage of strong programs and a loyal following of fans.

There’s nothing like the roar of the crowd on a cool fall day at Hale Stadium.

Or watching our Tigerbelles’ legs flash across a finish line once traversed by Wilma Rudolph. Or following the young careers of athletes who will go on to play in the NFL. Because the pride we feel at every hard-fought win or heartfelt loss binds us ever closer together.


112 TSU football players have been drafted by the NFL. Two former defensive ends, the Atlanta Falcons’ Claude Humphrey and the Chicago Bears’ Richard Dent, were recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Join one of the teams below, or bring your ideas to the Intramural and Recreation Sports Office and we’ll help you get your group off the ground.

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

The Aristocrat of Bands

Tennessee State’s world-renowned marching band entertains with a unique style and musical versatility. Throughout its history the band has performed at professional football games, at Walt Disney World and even in Tokyo, Japan. It marched in two presidential inauguration parades—John F. Kennedy’s and Bill Clinton’s. Today the Aristocrats are revered as one of the most spectacular bands in the United States.

The football team isn’t the only one moving up in the Ohio Valley Conference. All our teams make tournament runs each year, with an increasing number selected as all-conference players. Keep up with the latest on Twitter (@TSU_Tigers).

  • knowing and speaking your mind.

  • real-world research and internships.

  • passion.

  • moving up.

  • the ferocity of the tiger.

  • social preparedness.

  • home to the inventor of the cell phone microchip.

  • “WTST, The Blaze!”

  • Originality.

  • the Warm Welcome BBQ on the quad.

  • doing graduate work at yale, mit, penn state, purdue and ohio state.

  • using your voice.

  • comfortable in your own skin.

  • impeccable manners.

  • inheriting the strength of leaders and champions.

  • trusting your perspective.

  • not giving up without a fight.

  • confidently making your way in the world.

  • fearsome on the field.

  • looking sharp.