Fisk University is the first HBCU to launch a gymnastics program.
Earlier this year, Fisk announced their new intercollegiate women’s artistic gymnastics team and they have now officially started training for the 2023 season.
In a new TikTok video posted by @zyiaalexys, the new recruits can be seen practicing their flips and developing their skills in the gym. The video has over three hundred thousand views and received many supportive comments.
One user said, “As a retired gymnast who always wanted his hbcu to have a gymnastics team, I almost shed a tear because it’s beautiful.” Another user showed their support for the new team, saying, “Oh, it’s over for those other universities.”
Although the roster for the new team has yet to be updated on Fisk’s Athletics website, 15 rookies have been confirmed on Fisk Gymnastics’ Instagram page.
The new team to victory is led by new athletic director and new gymnastics coach Corinne Tarver. Tarver was the first black gymnast to win an NCAA all-around title in 1989 and was named a member of the U.S. national team in the 1985-86 season. She also has a national floor title and two tag team titles with Georgia, in 1987 and 1989, to her name.
The future of gymnastics at Fisk is bright according to President Dr. Vann Newkirk. “Fisk University has always been a leader in education and this women’s gymnastics program will embody all the qualities that define the Fisk experience: excellence, determination and a commitment to a better future,” said Newkirk. in a press release.