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Academy Sports + Outdoors Caravan Continues Tuesday with Ayers, Casey


Young defenders continue the team's tour through the Mid-South on April 30with visits to White Bluff, Waverly, Camden, Paris and Clarksville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey are scheduled to join the Academy Sports + Outdoor Titans Caravan on Tuesday, April 30, the second day of the team's two-week annual trip through the Mid-South. Ayers and Casey will stop in the communities of White Bluff, Waverly, Camden, Paris and Clarksville.

Ayers and Casey begin their tour with visits to White Bluff Elementary School (377 School Road) at 8:30 a.m., Waverly Junior High School (520 East Main Street) at 10:45 a.m., and Briarwood Elementary School in Camden (169 Briarwood Avenue) at 1 p.m.

The duo concludes its day with a pair of public stops: 3 p.m. at Clifty Farm Country Ham in Paris (1500 Highway 641) and 5:30 p.m. at Kroger in Clarksville (2100 Lowes Drive).

The Titans school program is based on the NFL's Play 60 initiative, which encourages youth to get at least 60 minutes of active play each day. Students receive a high-energy, educational message from a Titans player, eight-time Pro Bowl Titans mascot T-Rac, host Rhett Bryan and

representatives from Tennessee State Parks. In addition to the Play 60 elements, audience members receive a message about making good choices in all parts of their lives. They also get up-close looks at Tennessee wildlife in the care of Tennessee State Parks, as well as information on nearby state parks.

The Titans school program will be performed 22 times during the Caravan and reach approximately 12,000 students.

Public stops during the Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan provide a way for Titans players, T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith to sign autographs and thank fans for their support. Posters are provided at no cost to all Caravan attendees for autographs, and photos are encouraged. The stops generally last one hour.

Ayers is entering his third season since being selected out of UCLA by the Titans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 2012, he played in all 16 games as the starting strongside linebacker and led the Titans with 110 tackles. He also ranked second on the defense with six sacks.

Casey likewise was drafted by the Titans in 2011. The third-round pick from the University of Southern California played in every game during his first two seasons and registered a start in all but one of those contests. He led the team's defensive linemen in tackles both years.

Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. Today, seven full-time staffers travel with Titans players and T-Rac through the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach provided by Grand Avenue. Since 1998, the Caravan has made over 750 stops, visited more than 300 schools and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 120,000 fans.

This year's Caravan consists of 44 total stops from April 29 through May 10.

ABOUT ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS:Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 160 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit,,, and

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