Vanderbilt Launches Black and Gold Club

Club aims to honor alumni, provide unique engagement opportunities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt Athletics recently launched the Black and Gold Club, an alumni network comprising former student-athletes, student managers and student trainers. The club aims to honor these alumni for their exceptional collegiate careers and dedication to Vanderbilt Athletics, while also providing unique opportunities to engage with each other and the university.

“As a former student-athlete myself, this group is near and dear to my heart,” said Candice Lee, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director. “Such recognition for our student-athlete alumni is long overdue. Their accomplishments serve as an incredibly strong foundation which we continue to build upon today. The Black and Gold Club is a symbol of our gratitude for their service, and a reminder that Vanderbilt will always be their home.”

Led by an advisory board made up of representatives from each varsity sport and co-chaired by Cathy Bender, BS’82, and John Stein, BA’73, MBA’75, the Black and Gold Club will provide opportunities for networking, professional development and fellowship, while also offering access to exclusive resources and events. Former student-athlete Chris Griffin, BA’10, will serve as director of the Black and Gold Club and primary point of contact for members.

“Our connection to Vanderbilt didn’t end the day we graduated. We are Commodores for life,” said Bender, a former Vanderbilt women’s basketball player.

“It is fitting that we will join together through the Black and Gold Club, as black and gold are truly what unite us,” said Stein, who was a swimmer at Vanderbilt. “I look forward to what this group will achieve.”

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