Vince Young to be featured on the first day of the team's tour through the Mid-South
In partnership with Titans Radio affiliates across the Mid-South, a total of 42 Caravan stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama have been scheduled over a span of nearly two weeks, concluding just hours before the start of the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 22.
"It's hard to believe this is our 13th Titans Caravan," said Titans Senior Executive Vice President Steve Underwood. "We've committed to it every year because there's no better way to experience the special bond that exists between this team and its fans. The Caravan allows us an opportunity to thank our supporters face to face over a large geographical area and also to touch a new generation of fans in the schools we visit."
Each day different players headline Titans Caravan, joined by Titans mascot T-Rac, the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, Titans Radio Gameday Host Larry Stone and other Titans staff members. The vast majority of Caravan visits are presented by one of nearly 70 affiliates of the Titans Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the Titans.
Quarterback Vince Young was selected to lead the first day of the Caravan, traveling with the group south of Nashville to Lewisburg (school visit; closed to public), Chapel Hill (school visit; closed to public), Lawrenceburg, Florence and Decatur. Second-year defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks will attend the final two stops of the day as well. The remaining players aboard Titans Caravan XIII will be announced in the near future.
During the school visits, the Titans player, T-Rac and Stone will deliver a message to students about developing study habits, making good choices and setting goals. Also, the NFL's "Play 60" theme will be emphasized, encouraging children to stay healthy by getting daily exercise.
The school program will be presented a total of 15 times to thousands of children, primarily in grades 3-5. That includes a first-of-its-kind Caravan stop at the University of Tennessee-Martin on April 21. Students from Obion and Henry Counties will converge at the university for what is expected to be one of the largest school program audiences in the history of the Caravan.
Public Caravan stops give all fans the chance to collect autographs and take pictures with the Titans. There is no charge to attend any of the 22 Titans Caravan XIII public events, and each stop lasts approximately one hour.
According to Keith, however, Titans Caravan stops are not limited to just autographs and photos. Fans get a chance to catch up on the team's progress as the Titans move towards 2010.
"As you would expect, we talk a lot of football on Titans Caravan—the draft, free agency, minicamps, the schedule release." Keith said. "It's great for our players to get our fans' thoughts on the upcoming season, to see their passion and hear their knowledge of the NFL. On Titans Caravan, our players quickly come to understand that football in this part of the country is very serious business!"
Titans Caravan XIII will end with the organization's annual visit with soldiers and family members of the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th SOAR(A) of the US Army at Fort Campbell, Ky. Multiple players, T-Rac and staff members will be part of five stops at the base on Thursday, April 22. Also, it will be the only stop on the Caravan to feature the Titans Cheerleaders. Later that evening, Titans decision-makers will gather at the club's home facility in Nashville for the first round of the NFL Draft.
Over the last 12 years, Titans Caravan has made over 600 stops and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 100,000 fans. Since its beginning in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region, the Caravan has evolved to include six full-time staffers that travel with Titans players, broadcasters and T-Rac throughout the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach from Premiere Transportation.