Nashville, Tennessee (April 26, 2021) – Tonight, the Nashville Predators kick off Ford Military Salvation Week as they host their first of two straight Military Appreciation games against the Florida Panthers at Bridgestone Arena. Ford Military Salute Week will feature activated military elements in the plaza, in the lobby, throughout the in-game presentation each night and on social media @PredsNHL the whole week.
Prior to both games, fans can interact with all branches of the US military at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. From viewing military vehicles and participating in fitness challenges to the music of the Fort Campbell band, there will be plenty of activities for fans of all ages. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to thank current military personnel and veterans for their service to our country. Instead of the traditional pre-game reception hosted for current and former servicemen from years gone by, a Predators player will zoom in with an honored serviceman before each game, as they have done throughout the 2020-2021 season. .
During pre-game warm-ups, players will wear specialized military jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of military-oriented organizations in the Middle Tennessee region. Some jerseys will be available tonight and the remaining jerseys will be available tomorrow. To bid, fans can text PREDS at 76278. The Nashville Predators Foundation, empowered by SmileDirectClub, will also have military mystery pucks to purchase as part of the auction. For a $ 30 donation, fans can purchase an autographed puck from a Predators player.
Tonight, winners Ford Heroes of the Game, Color Guard and Military Salute will all represent the military population of Middle Tennessee State University, while tomorrow night’s game will feature the Fort Campbell staff. Additionally, the two-game anthem singer will be Cathy Mullins, a Gold Star mother whose son, Brandon Scott Mullins, made the ultimate sacrifice in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.
In March 2020, the Nashville Predators kicked off Ford Military Salvation Week by announcing their partnership with Middle Tennessee State University and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. Through this partnership, the Predators and the Daniels Center at MTSU have come together to support the local population of military-related students who are struggling financially to achieve their higher education and career goals. A year after the creation of the General’s Fund, MTSU student Keyann Reaves, Jackson, Tennessee, native and dependent on the military, was recently announced as the first to receive support from the fund.
Predators fans, Bridgestone Arena Patrons, or anyone in the community wishing to contribute to the General’s Fund in honor of Ford Military Salvation Week can text PREDS4MTVets at 41444 on their cell phone. They can also visit the MTSU Foundation website at MTSU.edu/Give.
On Friday, April 30, the Ford Ice Center Bellevue will host two public skating sessions, one at 11:45 a.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m., both of which will benefit the General’s Fund. To register, visit NashvillePredators.com/FordIceCenter/Public-Skating.
Throughout the year, the Nashville Predators also offer a variety of Army-specific ticket and support programs. All men and women who serve in our armed forces or as first responders can receive $ 20 off a Lower Bowl ticket or $ 10 off an Upper Bowl ticket by showing their military ID when the purchase of tickets to a Predators home game. The Predators Foundation and Sudden Service have also partnered to benefit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members. Sudden Service will donate $ 100 to Folds of Honor for every regular season goal scored at home!