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Nashville Vibes: How our sports teams give back

Here in Nashville we are fortunate enough to be able to give back to our community in all aspects of life. Whether it is donating time or money, or lending a helping hand, Nashville residents have giving hearts. Members of our sports community know the importance of giving as well. While we certainly cannot highlight everything, here are a few notable ways that our Nashville sports community gives back.

Brent Peterson, a 13 year member of the Predators coaching staff and now part of the radio broadcast team, with Gnash as his annual Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Brent Peterson, a 13 year member of the Predators coaching staff and now part of the radio broadcast team, with Gnash as his annual Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic. PHOTO COURTESY NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Brent Peterson, former NHL player and assistant coach of the Nashville Predators for 11 seasons, has become a champion for the cause of Parkinson’s research. Peterson started the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s and has made public his own struggles with the disease. The foundation supports those affected by Parkinson’s and raises funds to benefit research toward a cure. Through events such as golf tournaments and celebrity dinners, the foundation makes donations to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Peterson remains with the Predators as an advisor while continuing his mission to help those affected by Parkinson’s disease.

The Tennessee Titans are a philanthropic leader within our community through multiple means, but most predominantly through the Tennessee Titans Foundation founded in 1999 by Titans owner and founder, the late K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. and his wife Nancy. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations throughout Tennessee. The money is mainly raised by the sale of Tennessee Titans specialty license plates in the state. The foundation receives 50 percent of the $35 fee, which amounted to over $278,000 during the first year the license plates were available!

Members of the Tennessee Titans organization present a $25,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club. PHOTO COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

Members of the Tennessee Titans organization present a $25,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club. PHOTO COURTESY TENNESSEE TITANS

When creating the plate, the Tennessee Titans and the state of Tennessee contracted that 100 percent of the proceeds earned would be given to certain organizations across Tennessee, such as the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee, Fisk University Scholarship Fund, the Girl Scouts of Tennessee and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others. The specialty plate has provided over $1.3 million for these charities through the Tennessee Titans Foundation. Funds are also raised through an annual golf tournament. With these programs, the generosity created by the Titans and the Adams family have helped countless of children and families across the state.

Nashville is proud that all of our professional sports teams have a giving spirit, and the Nashville Sounds give back to our community in several ways, including through their Ticket Fundraising Program. This unique program helps support the very organizations who already do such good work to help those in need. By partnering with nonprofit organizations to sell tickets to Sounds games, the nonprofits keep a portion of the proceeds to support their own organizations. Simple enough!

These are just a few examples of how our sports teams give back. Organizations like these make us proud to have them represent our community through the good deeds that they do.