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Vanderbilt University’s David Williams Named Chair of The Sports Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn.The Sports Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, announces David Williams II as its advisory board chair.
The Sports Fund is a proactive, long-term charitable solution to a range of issues facing Middle Tennessee’s children, including childhood obesity, gang membership, and teen pregnancy. By awarding funds to nonprofits and community programs that use athletics as a “hook,” The Sports Fund supports organizations that offer tutoring, provide a source of activity during after-school hours, and gives kids a sense of belonging and guidance from coaches.
“The Sports Fund helps ensure that Middle Tennessee children can become part of a team,” said Williams. “I’ve seen first-hand the way athletics can positively shape and often transform a young person’s life. Sports teach discipline and integrity, which has a far-reaching effect on a child’s growth.”
Williams serves as Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics, and Athletics Director. Under Williams’ leadership, Commodore athletics has become a model for success – both on the field and in the classroom. Last year, all four revenue sports (men's and women's basketball, football and baseball) participated in post-season play, and the cumulative grade point for Vanderbilt student-athletes reached its highest level in more than two decades.
Williams is also active in the Middle Tennessee community, serving with several organizations, including the Nashville Sports Council, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and more. Williams is also on the board of directors of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
For more information about The Sports Fund, please visit
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees nearly 900 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 22 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $638 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit