Titans roll caravan to Martin
Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 12:00 pm
The Titans are returning to Martin.
After putting on its school program based on the NFL’s Play 60 initiative at Martin Elementary School last year, the Academy Sports and Outdoors Titans Caravan will make a stop in downtown Martin May 3 at 3 p.m.
Two of the newest Tennessee Titans’ players will be featured — tight end Delanie Walker and safety George Wilson. Both signed in the off-season, Walker from San Francisco and Wilson, a product of Paducah Tilghman High School, from Buffalo.
The visit is part of the caravan’s 44-stop tour through Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama beginning Monday and lasting through May 10.
Last year, cornerback Jason McCourty participated in the school event at Martin Elementary School.
The Titans’ stop at Martin will be the fourth out of five stops on the day and the first open to the public following school programs at Alamo, Dyersburg and Lake Road. The day will conclude with another general public program at Paducah (5:30 p.m.).
The public stops are free events where fans can meet players, T-Rac and “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith. At those stops, which generally last one hour, free posters are provided for autographs, and photographs are encouraged.
The school stops are closed to the public and part of the Tennessee Titans’ school programs, 22 in all on the caravan.
Those school programs will reach about 12,000 students and are based on the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, which encourages youngsters to get at least 60 minutes of active play each day.
The school program delivers a high-energy, educational message from eight-time Pro Bowl Titans’ mascot T-Rac, host Rhett Bryan and representatives from Tennessee State Parks. A Titans’ player usually appears at the school program as well.
In addition to the Play 60 elements, audience members get a message about making good choices in all parts of their lives, an up-close look at Tennessee wildlife in the care of the state’s parks and information on nearby state parks.
The Titans have announced that quarterback Jake Locker will kick off this year’s caravan Monday in Bowling Green, Mount Juliet and Smyrna.
The Titans Caravan began in 1998 and has made over 750 stops, visited more than 300 schools and has been attended by an estimated 120,000 fans.
Tennessee finished 6-10 last year and will open the 2013 preseason at home against Washington on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. The Titans will also host Atlanta in the preseason, 7 p.m. Aug. 24, and the regular season home opener will be Sept. 22 against San Diego.
Published in The WCP 4.25.13