TikTok video of Fisk University's first-ever women's gymnastics practice goes viral – USA TODAY

A TikTok video of an HBCU school hosting its first-ever women’s gymnastics practice has gone viral, garnering nearly 800,000 views and more than 200,000 likes.
Fisk University, which is located in Nashville, Tennessee, announced in February the formation of its inaugural gymnastics team, making the university the first HBCU (historically Black colleges and universities) to have an intercollegiate women’s gymnastics program. Last week, the team enjoyed its first formal practice, which was captured on video by team member Zyia Coleman, who goes by the username @zyiaalexys on TikTok. 
“First gymnastics practice in all of 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 Twitter, writing, “Oh nothing, just making history!”
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The Bulldogs women’s gymnastics team, which is coached by Corrine Tarver, will have 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 when the team was formally announced. “We’ve got interest right now from 60 to 70 young women and so with that kind of interest, we said it’s better now than later.”
Contributing: Drake Hills, Nashville, Tennessean


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