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Tennessee Titans Entertain Soldiers' Kids
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Posted on 04/17/2003 2:30:39 AM PDT by chance33_98

Tennessee Titans Entertain Soldiers' Kids

Reporter: Christi Lowe

While soldiers with the 101st are overseas, they miss a lot at home, including their favorite sports. Wednesday, they missed a visit by the Tennessee Titans, but their families enjoyed it for them.

It was a show tailored especially for the kids. Their parents might like the Titans players, but T-Rac was the ticket with the little ones.

The fun was all part of the Tennessee Titans caravan - a 73-stop tour that allows the team to meet their fans.

"We appreciate it when people recognize the kids who are going through a difficult time. The Titans didn't have to do this, and we really appreciate it," soldier's wife Deanna McLaughlin said.

Deanna brought her four-year-old daughter, Kaitlan, who normally watches the games with her dad. But since he's fighting in Iraq, Kaitlan enjoyed the show for him.

"I know about them playing. [They play] football," little Kaitlan said.

Besides the furry mascot, the Titans cheerleaders made time to meet their pint-sized fans. They even got patriotic and sang the star-spangled banner.

"I wanted to bring the kids out and show them the support everyone is doing for the troops and my kids are Titans fans," said Rhonda Portalatin.

But the star of this caravan stop was Titans defensive end Kevin Carter.

"This is very special. My dad served in the army for three years, a long time ago, and with all that's going on in the world now, and these guys are fighting overseas, these people from this army base are truly the heroes," Carter said.

And so, the 6"6', 290-pound Titan signed autographs for a long line of little fans, whom he believes deserve every ounce of happiness they can get.

Fort Campbell was the first stop on this year's caravan tour. In all, the Titans will travel to 73 cities and cover about 4,000 miles in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: militaryfamilies; supportourtroops; titans

1 posted on 04/17/2003 2:30:39 AM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
I love these kinds of stories. Thank you, Tennessee Titans.

Here is one about Bob Evans Restaurants helping military families with the purchase of Kids's Meals:

Bob Evans Marks 50th Anniversary with Donation to Families of U.S. Troops

2 posted on 04/17/2003 2:44:40 AM PDT by leadpenny (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM)
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Kids' Meals.
3 posted on 04/17/2003 2:46:38 AM PDT by leadpenny (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM)
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To: leadpenny
Cool, thanks! I will make sure to head to Bob Evans' this weekend for one of their big breakfasts as a thank you to them.
4 posted on 04/17/2003 2:47:17 AM PDT by chance33_98 ( -- Shepherd Of Salisbury Plain is online, more to come! (my website))
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