NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty will headline Titans Caravan on Tuesday, May 1, Day 2 of the team's two-week annual tour through the Mid-South.
The 14th Caravan, sponsored by Grange Insurance, will stop on Tuesday in the communities of Dover, Martin, Camden, Paducah and finally Dyersburg, where McCourty will be joined by tight end Jared Cook.
McCourty will begin the day with an 8:30 a.m. visit to Dover Elementary School (115 Dr. Robert E. Lee Drive).
The Caravan school program features a high-energy, educational message from seven-time Pro Bowl Titans mascot T-Rac, host Rhett Bryan and at least one Titans player. The Titans use the opportunity to speak to the youngsters about the NFL's Play 60 program, which stresses the importance of getting at least 60 minutes of active play each day, and also the benefits of making good choices in all parts of their lives. T-Rac and the Titans school program are sponsored by Tennessee State Parks, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012 and will provide several unique surprises to viewers during the program.
The Caravan then heads to Wendy's in Camden (120 Highway 641) for a 10:30 a.m. public stop, followed by a 1 p.m. school stop at Martin Elementary School (300 South College Street).
The day concludes with consecutive public stops: 3:30 p.m. at Logan's Roadhouse in Paducah (5317 Hinkleville Road) and 6 p.m. at Mobile Nation in Dyersburg (490 Highway 51 Bypass), where Cook will also attend.
The public events allow fans to meet the players, T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith. Posters are provided to all Caravan attendees for autographs, and photos are encouraged. Every Titans Caravan public event is sponsored by the Trusted Choice agents of the Insurors of Tennessee and is done at no charge to fans. Public stops generally last one hour.
Also for the first time, the U.S. Army will be joining the Titans Caravan public stops. Fans will have the opportunity take part in a cornhole competition, test their skills at a variety of team-building exercises and claim free commemorative Titans Caravan 2012 dog tags. U.S. Army representatives will be on hand to share the exciting opportunities available in today's Army.
In only three seasons, McCourty has emerged as one of the young leaders of the Titans defense. Originally a sixth-round draft choice in 2009, the former Rutgers standout set a career high in 2011 with 15 starts. He also led the club with 13 passes defensed, tied for the lead with two interceptions, and scored his first career touchdown on a blocked punt.
Cook, who like McCourty enters his fourth season in 2012, has become one of the team's primary offensive weapons. In 2011, he set career highs in every receiving category, including a total of 759 receiving yards, which ranked second in franchise history for a tight end (768 by Frank Wycheck in 1998).
Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. This year, six full-time staffers will travel to 50 total stops with Titans players and T-Rac through the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach provided by Grand Avenue. Since 1998, Titans Caravan has made over 700 stops, traveled approximately 50,000 miles, visited close to 300 schools and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 100,000 fans.