2009 Titans Community All-Stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 2009 Titans Community All-Stars were nominated for the Titans Community Man of the Year Award, which was won by . The Titans are fortunate to have a long list of active community leaders on the team and these men earned recognition for their significant community service contributions.The 2009 Titans Community All-Stars are Rob Bironas, Keith Bulluck, Cortland Finnegan, Chris Hope, David Thornton, Stephen Tulloch and Vince Young.




ROB BIRONAS:Founded The Rob Bironas Fund in the fall of 2008 to facilitate the engagement of Nashville's youth in music; to encourage their creative spirit in musical arts and ultimately provide the chance for students to excel **in their educational journey. Bironas will host a major event in June during the Country Music Association's Music Fest. In addition, Bironas is affiliated with organizations that speak to his persevering nature and commitment to community service such as the Nashville Symphony. Another innovative program that he is involved with rewards Nashville youth through the "Kicks for Kids" program – an alliance that donates to underprivileged children every time Bironas makes a successful field goal. www.robbironas.net




KEITH BULLUCK: A two-time Titans Community Man of the Year winner, Bulluck founded The Keith Bulluck Believe and Achieve Foundation in **2004. As a former foster child, Bulluck decided the best way he could help others was to focus his efforts on providing support for young people in need and many in the foster care system. Bulluck hosts an annual wine tasting, In Vino Veritas, to help fund his programs that include making donations of book bags, turkeys, shoes and game tickets to foster care families. In addition, Bulluck has recently announced a partnership with the National Football Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter and will give select scholarships to be announced during their annual awards banquet to underprivileged athletes who have distinguished themselves not only as football players but also in their academic and leadership achievements. www.keithbulluck.com




CORTLAND FINNEGAN:** Founded The Cortland Finnegan ARK 31 Foundation, (ARK stands for Acts of Random Kindness) which benefits children with special needs and disabilities. The two charities of choice that the foundation has partnered with are Special Olympics of Middle Tennessee and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Finnegan hosts various fundraising events such an annual Karaoke For A Cure event, Celebrity Golf Tournament and a Kid's Carnival Day. These events fund programs where Finnegan annually hosts a holiday dinner at LP Field for families from Special Olympics and LLS as well as youth football camps and equipment grants. www.ark31.org




CHRIS HOPE:** The veteran safety is involved with various non-profit organizations and efforts, lending his name, time and contributions to a variety of causes. Hope is a NationalSpokesperson for Soles4Souls,an international non-profit charity dedicated to giving shoes to those in need, which has been his primary cause. Hope makes a financial contribution for each tackle and hosts several Soles4Souls fundraising events and shoe drives this past year. He hosts an annual Night with the Secondary charity dinner to raise money for various charities. Also, Hope was the spokesman for Governor Phil Bredesen's "Get Fit Tennessee" program and made appearances throughout the state promoting healthy living and the prevention of childhood obesity as part of the campaign. In addition, Hope has donated thousands of dollars of football equipment to various organizations.




DAVID THORNTON:** He was named the 2008 Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year and also received the 2008 President's Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding commitment to the health and wellness of America's youth. Thornton is involved with various non-profit organizations and efforts, lending his name, time and contributions to a variety of causes. Thornton is serving as the Titans spokesperson for United Way's "LIVE UNITED" campaign encouraging youth to live healthy, active lifestyles. In addition, he has hosts the David Thornton Football Camp in his hometown of Goldsboro, NC and Nashville. Thornton hosts annual events to include providing families in Nashville and Goldsboro with a Thanksgiving meal and new shoes, socks, winter hats and shirts to underprivileged youth in Nashville and Indianapolis. For a second year, Thornton will host a Christmas shopping spree for students earned through an essay contest.




STEPHEN TULLOCH:Founded The Stephen Tulloch Foundation in 2009 *to provide underprivileged children with the essentials to build self esteem and to be able to achieve their goals and unlock their potential. *Tulloch hosts an annual fundraising weekend in Miami to include youth football camps and bowling events to raise money for his foundation. Over the past year Tulloch has developed a personal relationship with Brick Church Middle School – making various visits to promote the importance of staying in school, getting a good education and assisted in presenting school awards to many of the outstanding students. In addition, his foundation has sponsored free dental examinations for students. Tulloch also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for families from Backfield in Motion in Nashville at Second Harvest Food Bank will give away blankets, comforters and outerwear to different shelters throughout the Nashville area this holiday season (www.tulloch55.com).




VINCE YOUNG:He and his mother, Felicia, founded The Vincent Young Foundation. Young was inspired to start the foundation because of his own experience overcoming life's challenges while growing up in Houston. Young hosts annual youth football camps in Nashville, Houston and Austin that **focus on football fundamentals on and off the field, life skills and the importance of making good decisions. In addition, he held a free, city-wide community day in his hometown of Houston as well as a Golf Scramble for Kids to benefit his foundation. He also has a mentoring program where he hosted outings to Titans games, outdoor projects, movie nights and group discussions to encourage and inspire youth at Centerstone non-profit agency. In addition, Young provides annual scholarships to athletes from his alma mater as well as a shopping spree for kids from agencies from Nashville and Houston during the holidays. www.thevicentyoungfoundation.org

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