NASHVILLE, TN – October 22, 2007 -- The Tennessee Titans kick-off their annual search for Tennessee's top volunteers through the eighth annual Titans Community Quarterback Award program. The Titans are asking all non-profit organizations throughout Tennessee to nominate their top volunteers.
The Titans Community Quarterback Award program is a statewide competition, which recognizes outstanding volunteers in the state of Tennessee, ages 13 years old and up. Once the winners are selected, Titans Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will distribute $24,000 in grants from the Tennessee Titans Foundation to the organizations where the winners serve, raising the total of grants distributed in this program to $164,000 since the program began in 2000.
This program honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication, and a commitment to improving the communities in which they live. The Titans Community Quarterback Award winner will receive a $10,000 grant for his or her agency from the Titans Foundation. In addition, the runner-up will receive a $5,000 grant from the Titans Foundation and four semi-finalists will each earn $2,250 for their respective charities.
"The accomplishments of these nominees continue to amaze me," said Adams. "The example they set is an inspiration to us all. I'm sure that this year will be no different in that the judges will have a very difficult task in selecting the winning entries. As I review the nominations each year I am reminded that Tennessee truly is the Volunteer State."
The team will announce the winners during the month of December. The Titans will honor the Community Quarterback Award winners at a volunteer recognition luncheon at LP Field, where the team will also recognize the volunteers that assisted the team with the six charity game day drives held at LP Field during the 2007 season.
Mary McEwen, 87, of Nashville was the 2006 Community Quarterback Award Winner. McEwen earned the $10,000 grant from Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. and the Tennessee Titans Foundation for her non-profit organization, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, where she has volunteered for 24 years.
Other winners of the Titans Community Quarterback Award are Sondra Clark, Christ Presbyterian Academy in 2005; Mary Cunningham, Meals on Wheels of Kingsport in 2004; Wayne Watson, Colonial Heights United Methodist Church / Habitat for Humanity of Kingsport in 2003; Lynn Dunwoody, Auxiliary Probation Service in Memphis in 2002 and Anna Sternheimer from the Nashville Family Shelter in 2001. Georganne Chapman from the Martha O'Bryan Center in Nashville won the inaugural award in 2000.
All residents of Tennessee, age 13 and over who provide volunteer services for nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 509 organizations within the state of Tennessee are eligible for nomination. Nominees may serve only in a volunteer capacity and may not receive any compensation – monetary or otherwise – for their efforts
Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Tennessee non-profits are encouraged to submit nominations recognizing their top volunteers. Nomination forms are available now by logging on to www.titansonline.com where you may download the nomination form.
All completed hard-copy nomination forms must be mailed to Titans Community Quarterback Award Nomination, 460 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228 and postmarked no later than December 1, 2007.
2007 COMMUNITY QUARTERBACK AWARD PROGRAM KICKS OFF
AS TITANS FOUNDATION RAISES TOTAL TO $164,000 AWARDED TO TENNESSEE CHARITIES IN RECOGNITION OF THE STATE'S TOP VOLUNTEERS