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02 / 12
Big Orange Combine
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A select group of students and student-athletes traveled to San Francisco on February 3rd – 8th to participate in the Big Orange Combine, a educational and professional development experience highlighted by Super Bowl 50. In addition to meeting and learning from executives at organizations such as Google, Stanford Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, and ESPN, the students worked for NFL Experience, pro football’s interactive on-site theme park, which highlights the sport’s history including the Super Bowl.

This year’s Big Orange Combine included three  UT student-athletes — Kyler Kerbyson from football,  as well as Lexi Dempsey and Megan Hatcher from volleyball.

Student-Athletes at the Big Orange Combine (left to right): Megan Hatcher (Volleyball), Kyler Kerbyson (Football), Lexi Dempsey (Volleyball).

02 / 05
Networking at Neyland
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On Wednesday, February 3rd, students and student-athletes gathered in the Tennessee Terrace of Neyland Stadium to meet local and national employers at the annual Networking at Neyland event co-hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Career Development, Alumni Association, and Athletic Department. Participants were even able to fine-tune their networking abilities with a “How to Network” workshop prior to the event.

Click here to see more photos from this outstanding professional development event.

01 / 30
A Week of Service
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This past week, UT student-athletes took it upon themselves to engage in a variety of campus and community service. From a nationwide campaign to put an end to sexual violence to an afternoon of basketball, Below are a few highlights of the student-athletes’ involvement:


In support of the national “It’s On Us” campaign to root out sexual violence wherever it exists, student-athletes from all varsity teams took part in filming a 60-second PSA.


The Spring semester Goals for Girls program has expanded to three schools with nearly 40 student-athletes participating as mentors. Sessions occur bi-weekly at Northwest Middle School, Norwood Elementary, and Pond Gap Elementary.


Members of the Men’s Basketball Team spent their afternoon visiting THRIVE Lonsdale to educate and mentor elementary and middle school students.


Football student-athlete Aaron Medley was the Guest of Honor at Rocky Hill Elementary where he read one of his favorite childhood books and answered questions from the students.

01 / 22
Financial Literacy with First Tennessee
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On Tuesday evening, the University of Tennessee’s athletic teams continued their financial literacy education with a presentation on basic banking and investing by First Tennessee Bank. Student-Athletes learned the benefit of having a “saver’s mindset,” and the many different ways to save and invest.


 Guest Cliff Long with First Tennessee Bank presents in front of the football team

Men's Teams

Male student-athletes hear from First Tennessee in the Football Team Room

01 / 19
Andraya Carter Connects with Tennessee School for the Deaf
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After learning sign language at Tennessee, redshirt junior Andraya Carter decided she wanted to put it to use, she started volunteering with Tennessee School for the Deaf.

Carter goes twice a week to the Knoxville area school to run basketball drills with the students.

Read Across America Day - March 2nd

Interested in having UT student-athletes read at your elementary school on Read Across America Day (3/02/2016)? Fill out a community service request form with specific details and location. Please submit your request at least three weeks in advance, priority will be given on a first-come/first-serve basis.