On January 23, the Belmont Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its sixth annual Battle of the Bruins Talent Show to benefit Special Olympics Tennessee. Tickets were sold for five dollars each. $3,400 was raised at this event held in the Massey Performing Arts Center. Twelve Belmont sports teams performed acts. Antonio and the Southern Bruins Band opened the show. The women’s basketball team won Battle of the Bruins for the second year in a row performing dances to a mashup of Disney songs.
The golf and volleyball teams tied for second place. The men and women’s golf teams performed a synchronized swimming act and the volleyball team danced through the decades. The softball team won the People’s Choice Award voted by the audience. Everyone could vote by placing money in the basket of the team of their choice. The cheerleading squad did a 2016 rewind, including references to Harambe and the bottle flip challenge. The track and field team did an old western themed track versus field rap battle. The baseball team’s act was a one-man show as one player did a rendition of Napoleon Dynamite’s famous dance. The women’s soccer players presented a version of the Bachelorette with the contestants inspired by other Belmont athletes. The men’s basketball team did a series of skits. The men and women’s tennis teams also performed a skit that was inspired by the T.V. show, Stranger Things.
Music City Miracle Choir and Metro Parks Disabilities Program also performed heartwarming songs. “Amazing Grace” was signed and sang by Nashville’s Metro Parks disabilities group. Music City Miracle Choir sang “True Colors” for their first song and concluded the night by singing sing Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” All of the athletes joined them onstage. It was an all-around comical and successful night.