NASHVILLE, TN — A $300,000 donation has been given to the Tennessee State University's football program by Bill Freeman, a former TSU Trustee. This donation came after Eddie George, a former all pro Tennessee Titan, recently designated as TSU's new head football coach in April 13, 2021.
Bill Freeman, who is the chairman of Freeman Webb Company, stated that he is excited about President Glenda Glover's moves in elevating the football program at TSU. Freeman served two terms before his retirement about a year ago. He was also a member of the initial reconstituted TSU Board of Trustees. Prior to this donation, he and his family also donated a total of $275,000 to many programs at the university,
“I am excited about everything Dr. Glover is doing at Tennessee State University,” Freeman said. “I am equally excited about Eddie George. This is a great time for the university going forward. I am happy to assist with the continued growth and development of the university. My decades-long commitment to TSU is evident.”
The university's director of athletics Dr. Mikki Allen stated that the university is “extremely grateful to Mr. Freeman for his generosity” to the school, mostly the football program.
“This type of leadership gift shows Mr. Freeman’s commitment for making an impact in the lives of our student-athletes,” Allen said. “This transformational gift will continue the momentum that we have in our football program and move us forward in our pursuit of winning the Ohio Valley Conference and FCS national championships.”
Eddie George said that Freeman's gift will “help transform our football student-athlete spaces and enhance the value of the players’ experience in the football program.”
“Our players and staff are thankful for Mr. Freeman’s financial commitment to Tiger Football, and we are looking forward to finishing these spaces for our student-athletes,” George said.
TSU's associate vice president of Institutional Advancement, Corporate Relations and Foundation, also a friend of Bill Freeman, Jamie Isabel, received the gift from the Nashville Businessman.
“I am excited to have received this large donation from Freeman Webb and its chairman, my friend, Bill Freeman,” Isabel said. “Bill, his company and his family are the first to make such a large donation to the new era of TSU football. As a former TSU board member, Bill’s interest is very much noted in his gift.”