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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans lend a hand with, after floods, severely damaged the community in Waverly, Tennessee – including the football facility at the local high school.
Record-breaking flash floods caused by 17-inch rains over a 24-hour period in late August devastated four counties in Middle Tennessee, leaving extensive devastation. Waverly, the population of 4,500 and located about 90 miles west of Nashville, was among the hardest hit areas.
The Titans would do more than just make a monetary donation. So they arranged to supply football equipment to the Waverly Central High School Tigers, including helmets, belts, jerseys, pants, equipment bags, athletic training and medical equipment, and a washer and dryer.
“It’s extremely important,” Waverly coach Randy Boldin said of the Titans’ help. “Especially for a professional football organization that helps a small-town football team. It’s very inspiring. It just shows, no matter what level you are at, you always try to help and give back.”
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Boldin said the floodwaters flooded four to five feet of water in their field house within minutes.
The Titans also made sure the Tigers could play a game at Nissan Stadium on Thursday against White House High School.
“We wanted to get these kids back on the field under the light,” said Titans senior manager of football development Josh Corey. “These kids have already been through so much with the pandemic. They missed matches last year and now this year they have lost their facility for the whole year. These kids were not supposed to have home games at all.”
Corey said they would give the kids the centerpiece and do the different things high schools do during the year during football games. The senior band members and football players will be honored on Senior Night before the match. There will be a homecoming pitch at halftime.
The set-up will be like a Titans game day at the Nissan Stadium. The video boards show both teams coming out of their respective tunnels with the starting lineups on the big screen. Instant playback will also be played on the video boards.
Titan’s radio crew broadcasts the game on a local radio station such as “Tigers Radio”.
Last month during their “Kickoff Luncheon,” Titan President / CEO Burke Nihill announced that the team is donating $ 50,000 to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Disaster Relief Fund. At least 22 people were killed in the floods.
“I just want to let everyone know how much sympathy and thoughts and our concerns are for the people of Waverly,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said in August. “They have lost family members and they have lost homes. Our team and our organization, our prayers are for all who were affected by the floods.”