NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Last Monday, 40 athletes from Special Olympics Tennessee visited Saint Thomas Sports Park to take part in a flag football clinic with Titans players and coaches.
Clinic participants rotated through various drill stations and were led by Titans players and coaches, including the entire rookie class, at each station. The athletes got to work on their passing, running, receiving, and flag-pulling techniques.
"It is so rewarding to see the athletes interact with our rookie players," said Titans Football Outreach Coordinator Josh Corey. "Watching the drills today, I really couldn't tell which group had more fun."
At the end of the clinic, the entire group gathered at midfield for a photo, and then the athletes spent time talking with the Titans and getting autographs. Each participant left with a special gift bag that included an official Titans hat provided by Coach Mike Mularkey.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our athletes," said Adam Germek, Chief Development Officer for Special Olympics Tennessee. "All of our athletes had a blast. They love meeting Titans players, and actually playing with the Titans was so cool. We're just blessed to be here. Our partnership with the Titans is unbelievable."
Corey also spoke highly of the relationship between the Titans and Special Olympics Tennessee.
"The Tennessee Titans are proud to offer our continued support to Special Olympics Tennessee by hosting our first ever flag football clinic here at Saint Thomas Sports Park," he said. "Today's event was a natural fit for the organization's community outreach efforts as we continue to grow and develop our partnership with Special Olympics Tennessee."
Monday's clinic was the second successful event in recent weeks that the Titans put on in collaboration with Special Olympics Tennessee. In late April, the two organizations hosted a flag football tournament at Nissan Stadium that raised nearly $30,000 for the 2017 Special Olympics State Summer Games.
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40 athletes from Special Olympics Tennessee run drills with Titans players at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Natalie Johnson)