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Tickets.com and its T.Cares collaboration with Shriners Hospitals for Children provided a special kickoff experience to two young children at the 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game, played on Saturday, January 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Together, Tickets.com and Shriners selected two children and their families to attend the game, sit in the Shriners suite and enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes and unique experiences on behalf of the T.Cares program. Included among those was the opportunity to participate in the award presentations when the William H. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player and The E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player were given to the top two players on the field immediately following the game.
The T.Cares program is dedicated to making meaningful impacts to communities worldwide. This social movement, originally launched in 2016, focuses on improving our world through employee volunteer initiatives, fundraising, and creating extraordinary experiences at live entertainment events for individuals and families facing hardships.
The East-West Shrine Game continued its tradition as the nation’s first-ever college all-star football game. This game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Players like Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, Allan Page, Dick Butkus, Brett Favre, Gino Marchetti and Walter Payton, along with coaches Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Jerry Glanville, have supported the East-West Shrine Game. The East-West Shrine Game continues to be an important part of America’s football tradition, giving top college players a chance to showcase their talents to pro scouts and a national television audience.
“I was proud, honored, and humbled to be part of such a great event hosted by a phenomenal organization,” said Joe Choti, Tickets.com President & CEO. “My gratitude for being able to take part in the East-West Shrine Game is beyond comprehension. To all the children I had the honor to meet and chat with, thank you for the opportunity. Please know that any of you can reach out to me at any time with the assurance that I will be there to support you. I pledge to all of you that we will work together moving forward to assist in as many ways as possible.”