|Titans players enjoyed interacting with children from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services during a special Christmas party held Friday at Baptist Sports Park.|
The children ranging in age 8 to 16 enjoyed a pizza party before a special meet and greet with Titans players, coaches, staff and members of the Titans cheerleading squad. They met with Titans after practice and each received a Titans goodie bag full of merchandise to get autographs from their favorite players. In addition, the children received individual gift cards that can use at any area mall.
"The overwhelming sentiment from Titans players, coaches and staff for this event is that this is an incredible way to touch the lives of some very special children during this holiday season," said Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr.
The team has hosted youth from DCS due to the overwhelming generosity of the Titans players, coaches and staff and Mr. Adams. The event focused on sharing special moments with the children in hopes of leaving a lasting and positive impression for years to come. The Titans wanted to place a priority on what is truly important not only to these children, but children of all ages at this time of year – giving back to others. The team enjoys being able to support the community and make a difference in the lives of our fans of all ages.
There are thousands of children in the guardianship of the State of Tennessee that reside in foster homes, group homes or other residential settings. They are waiting for families to offer them a permanent home. Most children range from early school age to teenage years; some have one or more siblings and are waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children have been waiting for years for an adoptive family. The Department of Children's Services is responsible for providing temporary care or foster care for many of these children. DCS recruits foster families who provide safe and supportive homes in which the children's emotional, physical and social needs can be met.
Call 1-800-DCS-KIDS or visit their website at www.state.tn.us/youth for more information about the Tennessee Department of Children's Services foster care and adoption programs.