Stops include Waynesboro, Mount Pleasant, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski and Franklin
Along with six-time Pro Bowl mascot T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, Washington will start the day with a pair of school visits: a 9:00 a.m. stop at Waynesboro Elementary School and a 10:45 a.m. appearance at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. The school stops are closed to the general public.
The school program, which will be performed a total of 14 times before an estimated 15,000 children on this year's Caravan, will emphasize the need to stay healthy by exercising. Through the NFL's "Play 60" program, the Titans will campaign throughout the 2009 season to get kids to spend at least 60 minutes each day in active play or exercise. The crucial message will be delivered in hopes of making the current youth the most active and healthy generation ever.
Following the program in Mount Pleasant, the Caravan then will make three public stops during the remainder of the day: a 12:30 p.m. appearance at the Kroger in Lawrenceburg, a 3:00 p.m. visit to Holley's Printing in Pulaski and a 5:30 p.m. stop at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Franklin. Fans will have an opportunity to get autographs from Washington, T-Rac and Keith at all of the public stops. Each public stop is free, open to the public and will last approximately one hour.
Washington is entering his first season with the Titans after being signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 2. The 6-1, 185-pounder appeared in 49 games with seven starts during his four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and collected 104 career receptions for 1,705 yards with 12 touchdowns. Washington has the ability to stretch the field having led the Steelers in yards per catch in two of the last three seasons. His most successful campaign came last year when he recorded career-highs with 40 catches and 631 receiving yards, while also scoring three touchdowns.
Titans Caravan XII will make a total of 44 stops over a span nine travel days. In addition to using the Caravan as a way to thank the team's fans throughout the Mid-South, this year's Caravan will celebrate the organization's 50th season in professional football.
Over the last 11 years, Titans Caravan has made nearly 600 stops, traveled approximately 50,000 miles, visited over 200 schools and shaken hands with over 100,000 fans. The number of autographs signed and pictures taken is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. The current Caravan includes 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.
TITANS CARAVAN XII SCHEDULE - FRIDAY, APRIL 17
The following stops are CLOSED to the general public/open to the media:
*9:00 a.m. CT; Waynesboro; Waynesboro Elementary School; Nate Washington
10:45 a.m. CT; Mount Pleasant; Mount Pleasant Elementary School; Nate Washington
The following stops are OPEN to the general public:
*12:30 p.m. CT; Lawrenceburg; Kroger (1700 N. Locust St.); Nate Washington
3:00 p.m. CT; Pulaski; Holley's Printing (955 W. College St.); Nate Washington
5:30 p.m. CT; Franklin; Academy Sports and Outdoors (1915 Mallory Lane); Nate Washington