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Sept. 16, 2008

The University of Tennessee Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will begin collecting non-perishable food items for the SEC "Together We Can Drive" at the Big Orange Blast Thursday, Sept. 18 in World's Fair Park.

"The Knoxville community is so supportive of Tennessee Athletics," said SAAC president and UT wide receiver Josh Briscoe. "The can drive is a great way for student-athletes to give back, and to show the SEC what a giving community Knoxville is."

Barrels will be placed at select UT home games from Sept. 18 through Sept. 28 for food drop-off. All food and cash donations will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

DONATION DROPOFFS:

Thursday, Sept. 18:Big Orange Blast World's Fair Park: Entrance Gates
Friday, Sept. 19:Volleyball vs. Mississippi State
Thompson-Boling Arena: Entrance Gate Free admission with two non-perishable food items
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Soccer vs. Western Carolina
Regal Soccer Stadium: Entrance Gate
Free admission with two non-perishable food items
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cross Country Invitational
Lambert Acres Golf Course, Maryville, Tenn.: Start-Finish Line
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 20:Football vs. Florida*
Neyland Stadium: All Gates-*Tim Kerin Towel Drive, $5 suggested donation for power towel
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 21:Volleyball vs. Alabama
Thompson-Boling Arena: Entrance Gate
Free admission with two non-perishable food items
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22 - Sunday Sept. 28:Collection continues in the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center Food and cash donations will be accepted at the front desk

In addition to the SEC canned food drive, the 17th Annual Tim Kerin Memorial Drive will be held on Saturday, September 20th before the UT v. Florida home game. Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, volunteers, staff and the students of the University of Tennessee Ministers Council will be collecting donations and distributing the UT Power Towel for a suggested $5 donation.

The orange and white Power Towels will be available outside of every gate at Neyland Stadium, at 1:30pm, two hours prior to kickoff. Second Harvest Food Bank is asking fans to make a donation in exchange for the Power Towel or give $1, enough to provide 3 meals.

"We are so grateful to the University of Tennessee and their fans for supporting Second Harvest Food Bank and this outstanding fundraiser in Tim Kerin's name," said Elaine Machiela, Executive Director of Second Harvest.

Tim Kerin made a huge impact on UT and the Knoxville community. He came to UT in 1976 as the Head Athletic Trainer. Kerin was honored as Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society in 1992 and was elected posthumously into The National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1993.

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