March 2017 Around Town

ATHLETES HONORED, OLYMPIANS SPEAK AT ‘PLAY LIKE A GIRL’ EMPOWERMENT FORUM

Nashville-based nonprofit agency Play Like a Girl hosted an Empowerment Forum emphasizing confidence, leadership and Playing Like a Girl on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 1 at First Tennessee Park. The Empowerment Forum was one of more than 1,000 events that took place across the country for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Mary O’Connor, President/CEO of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Carter, Olympic Swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce (a member of Play Like a Girl’s National Board of Directors) and Kennetra Searcy, track and field athlete and wife of Tennessee Titans safety Da’Norris Searcy, Monica Fawknotson, Director of Metro Nashville Sports Authority; Pat Pierce, retired Title IX coordinator for Vanderbilt University and pro softball player Monica Abbot, the first woman to secure a million-dollar contract in a team sport.

Honorees included Shan Foster, a former Vanderbilt Commodore and NBA player who leads the MEND Nashville initiative that engages male athletes and coaches in violence prevention against women and girls; Christi Beth Adams, owner of Fleet Feet, who donates time and product to ensure that girls involved in the Girls on the Run program have appropriate footwear; and Music City Girls Lead, a leadership academy for local high school girls which was born out of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Bridgestone Arena.

For the past 13 years, Play Like a Girl has been empowering girls globally and is now working in Nashville to get more girls in the game and expand their opportunities both in sports and in life. The organization encourages girls to compete in sports, particularly at the middle and high school levels, where only 40 percent of female students participate.

More information is available online at IPlayLikeAGirl.org.

FRANKLIN RESTAURATEUR PURCHASES ICONIC NASHVILLE DINER

Crosby Keltner of Franklin recently purchased Pancake Pantry, the iconic Nashville breakfast diner that has been owned by the Robert Baldwin family since its founding in 1961. Located at 1796 21st Avenue South in Hillsboro Village, Pancake Pantry is well known for its long line of customers that wraps around the block, waiting for a table.

“This business has meant so much to me and my family over the years and I wanted to ensure that the next owner would love and treat the staff like family and preserve what makes Pancake Pantry so special,” said former owner and operator David Baldwin. “I have no doubt that Crosby is the perfect person to carry on those traditions.”

Baldwin and Keltner sparked up a friendship after being casually introduced through a mutual friend. Several months after their initial meeting, Keltner received a call from Baldwin offering him this opportunity.

“I am honored to be trusted with the future of this iconic landmark and am excited to play a part of Nashville’s rich history,” says Keltner. “Pancake Pantry is a local treasure and I intend to carry on the Baldwin family’s legacy and preserve this special ‘Nashville tradition.’”

Keltner brings more than 16 years of experience to his new role as chief of the popular breakfast and lunch destination, most notably serving as the general manager at Red Pony Restaurant in downtown Franklin.

FRANKLIN-BASED HEALTHWAYS IS NOW TIVITY HEALTH, INC.

Healthways, Inc. recently rebranded and changed its name to Tivity Health, Inc., to better align with its portfolio of fitness and health improvement programs.

Tivity Health manages specialty health benefits through its three networks: SilverSneakers®, Prime® Fitness and WholeHealth LivingTM.

“Our name evokes the tangible benefits that our products deliver – a focus on physical activity, improved productivity, strong connectivity and spirited creativity, all with a sense of positivity,” said Donato Tramuto, Tivity Health CEO. “The Tivity Health brand allows us to strengthen our focus on customer and member needs and improve our consumer experience.”

Tivity Health is focused on targeted population health for those 50 and over. With more than 25 years of clinical and operational expertise in managing specialty health benefits, the company touches millions of consumers across the country and works directly with hundreds of healthcare practitioners and many of the nation’s largest payers and employers.

More information is available online at TivityHealth.com.