A TikTok video of an HBCU school hosting its first-ever women’s gymnastics practice has gone viral, garnering nearly 800,000 views and over 200,000 likes.
Fisk University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, announced in February the formation of its first gymnastics team, making the university the first HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) to have an intercollegiate women’s gymnastics program. . Last week, the team enjoyed their first formal workout, which was captured on video by team member Zyia Coleman, who goes by the username @zyiaalexys on TikTok.
“First gym workout in Fisk University history,” Zyia wrote on her TikTok video.
The nearly minute-long video showed athletes performing balance beam exercises and a variety of flips.
Fisk University shared the video on Twitterwriting “Oh nothing, I’m just making history!”
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The Bulldogs women’s gymnastics team, coached by Corrine Tarver, will host at least five events in the fall of 2022 and can compete against any NCAA school in Divisions I, II and III.
“We thought it was an opportunity right now because there are so many young women who want to come to an HBCU,” Fisk University president Dr. Vann Newkirk Sr. said in February at the the official team announcement. “We currently have interest from 60 to 70 young women and so with that kind of interest, we said it’s better now than later.”
Contributor: Drake Hills, Nashville, Tennessean