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How One Woman is Changing Athletic Recruitment at HBCUs

One thing that I love about having a podcast is that I get to interview and highlight the great things my amazing friends are doing in the kingdom, like changing recruitment within HBCU athletics. I love how strategic God is in placing us in different industries and specialties.

Tara and I have been friends for years and the entire time I’ve known her, she’s been a giver. When she sees a need, she does whatever she can to fill the gap. She is about action and I love that about her, but let me give her a proper introduction.

No-nonsense tennis powerhouse Dr. Tara Turner turned her discipline in academics and athletics into a lifestyle that continues to inspire countless others. Now as head tennis coach at her alma mater Clark Atlanta University, she encourages others to pursue the height of their potential. In fact, she now boasts a tennis team that has the highest GPA of any athletic team on campus!

Tara was a member of the Clark Atlanta women’s tennis team from 2005-2009.

In 2020, Tara founded HBCU Elite, an organization that serves to address the recruiting deficit HBCU athletics often face when trying to secure talented high school and collegiate athletes. In a nutshell, HBCU Elite is the liaison between student-athletes and HBCU coaches.

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In this episode we covered…
  • How Tara got her start in sports 
  • Why she pursued HBCU athletics
  • HBCU Elite and how it revamps recruitment in HBCU athletics
  • Why student-athletes and HBCU coaches need a liaison
  • The ultimate vision for the role she would like HBCU Elite to play in the world
  • What it felt like for her to be honored in the Nike Yardrunners campaign

Want More?

If you enjoyed this episode, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about the fear of success and how it hinders purpose or this episode detailing what to expect when operating in your purpose.

Resources Mentioned

Connect with Guest

You can connect with Tara on her

Website: HBCUElite.org

Instagram: @hbcueliteorg

Facebook: HBCU ELITE

Twitter: @hbcueliteorg

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