About the Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series:

The Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series is one of the many activities that Nashville Sports Council corporate and individual members, as well as Middle Tennessee sports fans, can enjoy throughout the year.  Members have an opportunity to network with fellow members and guests and can get up close and personal with some great guest speakers from the sports world.  The Sports Council typically hosts six Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series events every fiscal year and is one of our primary member benefits. 
can receive complimentary invitations to each of these events based on membership level


Upcoming Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series Events:


Father Ryan vs Pearl: The Game that Changed the South Celebratory Luncheon

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January 5th, 2015
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Wildhorse Saloon

Come celebrate with Father Ryan and Pearl High School as they look back on 50 years of sports equality and the Game that Changed the South: the 1965 game between the two schools that was the first athletic event in the South between an integrated team and an all African-American team.   Players from both of the 1965 teams will be recognized, and Perry Wallace, Jesse Porter and Andrew Maraniss will headline the panel.


Panelists for the luncheon include:
Perry Wallace, Pearl Class of 1966 and center on the 1965 team
Andrew Maraniss, author of “Strong Inside: The Story of Perry Wallace.”
Jesse Porter, Father Ryan Class of 1964 and, with Willie Brown, the first African-American to integrate sports in the South.
Lyn Dempsey, Father Ryan Class of 1965, who made the winning shot.

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Bronze & Silver Member Discounted Ticket: $35
General Public Ticket: $40

The Game—50 Years Ago:

On January 4, 1965, Willie Brown—the man who integrated athletics in the South in the fall of 1963, led his Father Ryan team to a victory in the historic game against Pearl High’s outstanding team, led by Perry Wallace and Ted ‘Hound’ McClain, in front of 8,300 at Municipal Auditorium, the first game in the South between an African-American school and an integrated school.  Father Ryan won 52-51 on a shot by Lyn Dempsey at the buzzer. It was a match-up of two basketball teams, two schools, two communities...and it produced an outcome that is still fresh in many people’s minds.


For more information on the history of this historic event, visit Father Ryan's High School's website by CLICKING HERE.



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