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Caravan Concludes Friday With Michael Griffin and Andy Levitre

Posted May 10, 2013

The team’s two-week tour through the Mid-South wraps up on May 10 with visits to Ashland City, Cross Plains, Gallatin and Lebanon

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin and guard Andy Levitre are scheduled to headline the Academy Sports + Outdoor Titans Caravan on Friday, May 10, the 10th day of the team’s two-week annual trip through the Mid-South. The duo will stop in the communities of Ashland City, Cross Plains, Gallatin and Lebanon.

The day begins with a pair of school visits. The Caravan will stop at Ashland City Elementary School (108 Elizabeth Street) at 10:30 a.m. and East Robertson Elementary School in Cross Plains (5177 East Robertson Road) at 1:00 p.m.

The duo finishes the day with a pair of public stops: 3:00 p.m. at the Kroger in Gallatin (845 Nashville Pike) and 5:30 p.m. at the Kroger in Lebanon (1418 West Main Street).

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.

Griffin, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was selected by the Titans in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games at safety in 2012 and tied for the team lead with four interceptions, while finishing second on the team with 103 tackles.

Levitre is in his first year with the Titans. The offensive guard was one of the team’s top targets when the unrestricted free agency signing period began in March. In his four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, he was one of only four members of the 2009 NFL Draft class to start all 64 regular season games from 2009 through 2012.

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.

ABOUT ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS:
Academy Sports + Outdoors is a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer with a broad assortment of quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more. The Texas-based company operates 160 stores throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The Academy Sports + Outdoors philosophy is to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience by providing convenience, offering a broad selection of quality products, delivering exceptional customer service and selling the right stuff at everyday low prices. For more information about Academy Sports + Outdoors visit academy.com, facebook.com/academy, twitter.com/academypinterest.com/academy and youtube.com/academy.

ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TITANS CARAVAN SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, MAY 10

Please note: players are subject to change

The following stops are OPEN to the general public:

3:00 p.m. CT
Gallatin, TN
Kroger (845 Nashville Pike)
Player(s): Andy Levitre, Michael Griffin

5:30 p.m. CT
Lebanon, TN
Kroger (1418 West Main Street)
Player(s): Andy Levitre, Michael Griffin

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