ATLANTA - August 6, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hooters of America, LLC, today announced Jasper County High School of Monticello, Ga., is the recipient of a $5,000 donation to its football program, courtesy of Hooters and Jon Gruden, ESPN Monday Night Football® analyst, former professional football head coach and founder of the FFCA (Fired Football Coaches Association).
The check presentation and a team wing party for Jasper High football coaches and players will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Hooters of Macon, Ga., located at 112 Riverside Parkway. A select group of football coaches and players will also have a chance to meet Gruden in-person in Atlanta on Wednesday, August 7.
Jasper County High School created a video submission that was selected by Hooters as a top winner as part of its “Gruden Giveaway Video Upload Contest.” To compete, contestants were asked to upload a video explaining why Hooters is their favorite place to watch games and why their high school booster club deserves to win a $5,000 grant from Hooters and Gruden in concert with the FFCA.
During the team party in Macon, Hooters Girls will present the $5,000 check to the Jasper County High Hurricane Booster Club, Inc. Michael Cavender, who submitted the winning video with the Jasper County High School football coach, will also receive a $750 Hooters gift card to unlock free wings for a year.
Cavender says that the donation will go a long way in easing the Jasper County High football program budget, in part by helping to purchase a golf cart for the team. The Hooters donation also gives coaches an opportunity to bring in a college coach to run a two-day offensive clinic for the entire team.
“The video submission competition was a great way to see the pride and devotion high school football fans have for their teams and communities,” said Dave Henninger, chief marketing officer, Hooters of America. “As a sports-watching destination, Hooters shares the passion for the love of the game and we’re proud to work with a champion like Jon Gruden and the FFCA to give back to the communities we serve.”
Gruden has been a Hooters fan since 1983. During his college days, he served as a wing shaker and oyster shucker at the West Hillsborough Avenue Hooters location in Tampa, Fla. Gruden often looks for ways to pay it forward to the football community and he used the FFCA to team up with Hooters in an effort to give back to the love of the game of football. Football programs at local high schools are in need of financial assistance to aid in the development of student-athletes. The proceeds from the sale of FFCA-licensed Hooters merchandise will be donated to local high schools to help cover the costs associated with their football programs. For more information about the FFCA, visit www.ffcassn.com.
For photos following the check presentation and the Jasper County High School meet-and-greet with Gruden, visit the Hooters Facebook page, or request images through the Hooters newsroom.
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