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Fans of local high schools compete off the field to reduce litter and promote recycling.
Fans of local high schools compete off the field to reduce litter and promote recycling.

Sevier County High Schools Compete Off the Field in Litter-Free Challenge

The Volunteer Chevrolet 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Kick-Off Jamboree is Friday, August 15th with competition both on and off the field as Keep Sevier Beautiful challenges fans in the stands to compete in a Litter-Free Challenge.

When local high school football teams take the field on Friday night, fans representing each school will be challenged to keep the stands litter-free and to recycle by placing waste in different barrels and recycling bins painted by local high school students to represent each school. Fans should place all their waste in their school’s bins prior to the beginning of the fifth quarter, when a high school principal will be awarded for the greatest participation.

“Historically, it’s been socially acceptable to leave trash at your seats in sporting and entertainment venues,” Laura Howard, Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful said. “This mentality that someone else will clean up behind me transcends outside the game and into our streets, parks and neighborhoods.”

The Volunteer Chevrolet 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Kick-Off Jamboree is the kick-off for all the local high schools to host litter-free events and provide recycling at their respective home football games. Each high school is participating through displaying a banner and encouraging fans to discard of their waste properly through announcements at each of the games.

“It is our goal to reach not only high school students, but the all the participants to create new habits,” said Jennifer Younger the Chair of the Educational Committee for Keep Sevier Beautiful. “As a Board we recognize to be effective at litter prevention, we need to change people’s behaviors and football games are a great venue to begin.”

The Jamboree will be held at the Sevier County High School. Admission is $5.00 per adult or child, and free for preschool aged children.

Competing football teams include the Sevier County High School Smoky Bears, Seymour High School Eagles, Pigeon Forge High School Tigers, Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Highlanders, and the Northview Academy Cougars.

Volunteer Chevrolet 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Kick-Off Jamboree Event Schedule:

High School Bands jointly perform “The Star Spangled Banner”

7:00 p.m.         Kickoff

0 Quarter         Seymour vs. Sevier County (Freshmen)

1st Quarter      Gatlinburg-Pittman vs. Northview Academy (Freshmen)

2nd Quarter     Pigeon Forge vs. Northview Academy (JV)

3rd Quarter     Gatlinburg-Pittman vs. Seymour (JV)

4th Quarter      Pigeon Forge vs. Sevier County (JV)

Half-Time

5th Quarter      Gatlinburg-Pittman vs. Seymour (Varsity)

6th Quarter      Pigeon Forge vs. Sevier County (Varsity)

Proceeds from the Volunteer Chevrolet 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Kick-Off Jamboree will go to offsetting the cost of catastrophic insurance coverage for athletic programs in the Sevier County School System.

 

 

 

About Candice Fitzgibbons

I am a Sevier County resident and active in my local community. I’ve spent more than 20 years as a graphic designer and copywriter, creating marketing materials to help small to medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations achieve their goals. I have a passion for equality, the environment and animal rights.