NASHVILLE – Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown and wide receiver Marc Mariani are scheduled to join the Academy Sports + Outdoor Titans Caravan on Thursday, May 9, the ninth day of the team's two-week annual trip through the Mid-South. Brown and Mariani will stop in the communities of Maryville, Sevierville, Morristown and Johnson City.
Brown and Mariani will begin the day with a visit to Eagleton Elementary School in Maryville (2610 Cinema Drive) at 8:45 a.m. The duo is then making an appearance at Safe Kids Health and Awareness Day at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Park (3540 Line Drive, Kodak) at 11:30 a.m.
Following the stop at the Smokies game, the Caravan visits Hillcrest Elementary School in Morristown (407 South Liberty Hill Road) at 1:30 p.m. The day concludes with a public stop at O'Charley's in Johnson City (112 Broyles Drive) at 4:30 p.m.
The Titans school program is based on the NFL's Play 60 initiative, which encourages youth to get at least 60 minutes of active play each day. Students receive a high-energy, educational message from a Titans player, eight-time Pro Bowl Titans mascot T-Rac, host Rhett Bryan and
representatives from Tennessee State Parks. In addition to the Play 60 elements, audience members receive a message about making good choices in all parts of their lives. They also get up-close looks at Tennessee wildlife in the care of Tennessee State Parks, as well as information on nearby state parks.
The Titans school program will be performed 22 times during the Caravan and reach approximately 12,000 students.
Public stops during the Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan provide a way for Titans players, T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith to sign autographs and thank fans for their support. Posters are provided at no cost to all Caravan attendees for autographs, and photos are encouraged. The stops generally last one hour.
Brown was drafted by the Titans in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The North Carolina product appeared in all 16 games with 13 starts as a rookie and tied for third on the team with 93 tackles. He also ranked fourth on the team with 5.5 sacks and finished third on the squad with three interceptions.
Mariani is entering his fourth season with the team after being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He missed the entire 2012 campaign after suffering a season-ending injury in the preseason. The Montana product was selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie return specialist after setting a franchise record with 1,859 total return yards and 1,530 kickoff return yards in 2010.
Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. Today, seven full-time staffers travel with Titans players and T-Rac through the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach provided by Grand Avenue. Since 1998, the Caravan has made over 750 stops, visited more than 300 schools and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 120,000 fans.
This year's Caravan consists of 44 total stops from April 29 through May 10.
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ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TITANS CARAVAN SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY, MAY 9
Please note: players are subject to change
The following stops are OPEN to the general public:
11:30 a.m. ET
Safe Kids Health and Awareness Day at Smokies Park (3540 Line Drive, Kodak)
Player(s): Zach Brown, Marc Mariani
4:30 p.m. ET
Johnson City, TN
O'Charley's (112 Broyles Drive)
Player(s): Zach Brown, Marc Mariani