Pre Super Bowl football game raises money for fatherless kids - WKRN News 2

Pre Super Bowl football game raises money for fatherless kids

Posted: Updated: Feb 2, 2013 09:08 PM CST
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

On Saturday, more than 900 players took part in the 7th Annual Father-Son Bowl in Franklin.

The focus of the Father-Son Bowl is to promote positive male role models in the lives of young boys.

"We started off with the idea of 'Hey, we just want to get guys together in the community to encourage them to be the strong loving leaders' that we know they are created to be," organizer Darin Clark told Nashville's News 2, "it's all about male leadership and being a positive influence in their lives."

The fundraiser brought out fathers and sons like Creighton Wright and his 10-year-old son Trip.

"It's important to have a father figure a male role model and that's why it's important for us to be out here and playing today and showing our support," Wright told Nashville's News 2.

For Clark, the importance of a strong father-son relationship is very personal, "For me, when I didn't have my dad there in the picture, kind of leading me and mentoring me and teaching me things that I needed to know about life."

Proceeds from Saturday's game will go to Justice and Mercy International and Franktown Open Hearts, two local organizations that help fatherless kids.

In previous years, the event has raised $20,000.

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