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Media Release: Cate-Russell Insurance Honors Scholar Athletes at the Annual Alcoa-Maryville Rivalry Game

September 23, 2015

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Maryville, TN – September 11, 2015 – The 2015 Great American Rivalry Series, presented by Cate-Russell Insurance and Safeco Insurance, was in Maryville, TN on September 11 to highlight one of the most heated rivalries in Tennessee: Alcoa vs. Maryville.

The Alcoa Tornadoes came to Maryville to take on the Maryville Rebels for the coveted Great American Rivalry Series trophy and earn community bragging rights. Cate-Russell Insurance and Safeco Insurance were on hand to help celebrate this great rivalry and presented two Scholar Athletes with $250 scholarships as families, friends and fans watched on.

For the 12th year, the Great American Rivalry Series has selected an exclusive collection of top-notch rivalries across the country, covering 40 states and over 100 cities throughout the country. Wrapped in tradition, these annual battles excite entire communities, while celebrating the schools, their teams, and their fans. We Know Friday NightsTM

Series founder Rick Ford notes that, “With all the traditions of these games including bonfires, pep rallies, and parades, high school football has brought communities together to watch their teams compete in these classic battles for more than a hundred years.”

Maryville’s stadium was packed with fans from both teams watching with the same enthusiasm as they have since the team’s first meeting in 1927. At the start of the game, at mid-field with their parents looking on, Cate-Russell representatives, Mark Russell and Leslie Cate awarded the scholarships for outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom to Kyle Cunningham from Maryville High School and Mitchell McClurg from Alcoa High School.

Alcoa's Mitchell McClurg receives Scholar Athlete award from Cate-Russell Insurance

Alcoa’s Mitchell McClurg receives Scholar Athlete award from Cate-Russell Insurance

Maryville's Kyle Cunningham receives Scholar Athlete Award from Cate-Russell Insurance

Maryville’s Kyle Cunningham receives Scholar Athlete Award from Cate-Russell Insurance

“We were honored to be a part of the Alcoa vs. Maryville matchup and very honored to present these two athletes and young men with the Scholarship Award and plaque.” said Leslie Cate of Cate-Russell Insurance. His business partner Mark Russell said, “We thank Safeco Insurance for its partnership in making this happen.”

SOCIAL MEDIA

 Highlights throughout the game were tweeted using #GreatAmericanRivalry, and were shared via Facebook and Cate-Russell Insurance’s Facebook. The Rivalry can also be found on Pinterest (AmericanRivalry) and YouTube. Fan photos posted with the above hashtag may be featured on the Great American Rivalry Series website’s new Fan Photo Gallery, Pinterest Page and also promoted via our other social media outlets.

ABOUT SAFECO INSURANCE

In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2013 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 76th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.

For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.

ABOUT CATE-RUSSELL INSURANCE

Since our beginnings in Tennessee, Cate-Russell Insurance, Inc. has become a leader in providing quality protection for thousands of individuals & families throughout our region. Our basic belief in providing only the best in coverage and personal service is just one of the many reasons why today, more than ever, people are moving up to the difference of quality insurance protection Cate-Russell Insurance, Inc. can uniquely provide. By offering world class protection for your Auto, Home, Health, Business, Liability and Life Insurance, means that you’re covered today as well as in the future with an agency whose dedication to service is strictly paramount. Learn more at: http://www.caterussell.com

 ABOUT THE GREAT AMERICAN RIVALRY SERIES

In 2004, iHigh, Inc. (now known as BrainBox Intelligent Marketing) created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” In 11 years the Series has gone to more than 500 games in 40 states and continues to shine the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky-high, and fans are committed.

 

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What is the Great American Rivalry Series?


Each fall for over a century, high school football has been the centerpiece for families and communities on Friday night. In 2004, iHigh, Inc. created the Great American Rivalry Series to celebrate this uniquely American sport and the cultural phenomenon of “Friday Night in America.” The Series shines the spotlight on top high school football rivalries across the nation, where long-standing traditions are valued, expectations are sky high, and followers are committed.