As a former male student-athlete from the University of Tennessee I am curious and concerned as to why the athletic department has decided to remove the “Lady” of the Lady Vols.
Since I first stepped on campus one thing that has been engrained into me is the belief of tradition, respect, and understanding that someone else before myself has dawned the power T. It was my duty to represent the T as best I could, to show respect to those who have paved the way before me.
I have no doubt that the female athletes have been taught to have the same respect for those who wore the Lady Vols logo. I know that the female athletes have just as much pride as the male athletes do for those who have come before them. Pat Summit, Candace Parker, Holly Warlick, Monica Abbott, Beverly Robinson, Peta Kelly, and Cathy Rattray just to name a few have all represented the Lady Vol symbol with pride. Current and future Lady Vols understand what those before them have done, and the logo is a way to honor the past while paving a way for the future.
I truly hope to see the Lady Vol name and logo remain as it has in the past. From a male athlete it is evident to see we VFL’s honor the past which is great. I do not need to go into detail because if you walk into the Neyland-Thompson sports complex it is evident male athletes pride themselves on those who wore the Power T before them. It was and is a honor to wear the shade of orange, and the same Power T logo as Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Leonard Little, Antone Davis, etc… The list goes on forever. I believe the female athletes should have right to wear and honor those before them with the Lady Vol logo.