The Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) Athletic Department has a rich history of team and individual athletic achievements. Find out more about the programs here.
TSB Tiger Cheerleading
Coach: Christy Williams, Anna Alece Williams
Cheerleading provides students an opportunity to participate in a very unique sport. Whereas many sports require individuals to compete against other individuals, cheerleading is a true team sport. The students involved learn both fitness and cooperation. They often surprise themselves at how outgoing they become. Cheerleaders also have the opportunity to travel to other states to compete and make lasting friendships while doing so.
Tennessee School for the Blind encourages both boys and girls to compete in cheerleading. Our training starts in October and ends in January. The students train four days a week after school hours. They also attend special training one day a week in order to prepare for our annual competition. The cheerleaders begin supporting the wrestlers at their matches the first week of December.
TSB competes in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind (NCASB). A cheerleading and wrestling tournament is annually held in January. The competition is with eleven other schools from their region. The cheer teams compete in a team competition. An outstanding cheerleader competition is also held for one outstanding cheerleader from each team. Likewise, an honor is bestowed on the team with the most outstanding team mascot.
TSB Tiger Forensics
Coach: Allen Huang
The TSB Forensic League is a group that promotes interest in all phases of public speaking. It encourages the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship and fosters the development of competent and fluent leaders for the school and community. Meetings are held weekly throughout the school year and competitions are held nationally, as well as locally. The TSB Forensic League competes with local schools as well as other special schools.
Junior Forensics is an extracurricular activity that helps students ages 10 years old through Middle School learn to speak in public. It also provides the opportunity to develop positive self-esteem and interact with peers from other schools. Members of the team compete in four to five meets at local public and private schools during the spring semester.
TSB Tiger Goalball
Coaches: Kari Harold, Jay Humphreys
TSB Tiger Golf
Sponsor: Andy Joiner
The Blind Golf Movement has struck at The Tennessee School for the Blind. Several totally blind and low vision students and adults have participated in the activity since it began in 1997. This program provides the opportunity for our students and adults in the Nashville area to explore golfing as a leisure time activity, and possibly more. Every Tuesday students receive training from professional golfers and volunteers from the community. The goals of this program are to demonstrate the importance of teamwork, improve communication skills, enhance appropriate social skills, gain self-esteem and self-confidence and develop new skills for life. Coach Andy Joiner, a former member of the Middle Tennessee State University golf team, is the TSB team sponsor. The team is a member of the United States Blind Golfers Association
TSB Tiger Swimming
Coaches: Jennifer Bates, Arthur Humphrey
Lack of vision does not have to prevent you or someone you know from enjoying the fun and health benefits of swimming. People with visual impairments not only swim, but many also compete in swimming events at the local, national and even international level. Swimming for the blind is part of the Paralympics. All it takes to succeed is the willingness to learn and a few simple adaptations. Learning to swim with a visual impairment may require these adjustments. Instructors get in the water to demonstrate strokes by physically manipulating the swimmer's limbs. Similar instruction on a one-on-one basis is necessary to teach turns and starts. If the swimmer wishes, a tapper is used during meets and practices. A tapper is a simple device consisting of a pole or cane with foam or a tennis ball attached to the end. A helper, also referred to as a tapper, positions themselves at the end of the pool. As a blind swimmer nears the end of the pool, the tapper strikes the swimmer's body lightly as a warning. The tappers we use here at TSB are folding canes with tennis balls affixed to the end. We look forward to your participation and a fun and exciting this season!
The TSB Boy Tigers Swim Team won the Kentucky School for the Blind Swimming Invitational Title in 1975. The TSB Girl Tigers won the Kentucky School for the Blind Swimming Invitational Title in 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1980. Together the TSB Tiger Combined SwimmingTeam won the Kentucky School for the Blind Swimming Invitational Title in 1975, 1976, and 1977. In 2012 the TSB Combined Tiger Swim Team won the NCASB Championship Title.
TSB Tiger Track
Coaches: Kelsey Linsenbigler, Hollie Hughs, Andy Joiner
The Tennessee School For The Blind track team is made up of a boys and girls squad. The team competes in track and field events with other schools in the North Central Association of School for the Blind (NCASB). Some of the events are sixty-meter dash, sixteen hundred meter run, high jump, triple jump, and numerous other running and field events. The season starts in August and runs through October. Each squad is divided into three classifications. The Classifications include:
- Class A is for students with total blindness, who may possess light perception, but are unable to recognize hand shapes at any distance.
- Class B is for students with a visual acuity of 10/200 in better eye after best correction and/or no better than five degrees of visual field.
- Class C is for students with a visual acuity better than 10/200 in the better eye after best correction or six degrees or better of visual field.
These classifications ensure that students with different visual functioning compete with students with similar visual abilities.
TSB Tiger Wrestling
Coaches: Jay Humphreys, Kelsey Linsenbigler
The TSB wrestling program involves interscholastic competition between other public schools in Metro-Davidson County and the surrounding counties as part of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). We compete with other schools for the blind in the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind Conference (NCASB). The NCASB is composed of 15 state schools for the blind and sponsors wrestling competition as part of its interscholastic sports program.
The wrestling season starts with practice in November with competition beginning in December and continues until the second week of February. Wrestling matches and tournaments are scheduled after the school day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. TSB usually travels outside of the state to compete in the NCASB tournaments. This program provides students with visual impairments the opportunity to compete on an equal basis with other students in athletic competition.