State FarmÂ® Friday Night Feats Turns Big Gridiron Moments Into Cash for Schools
BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — State FarmÃ‚® Insurance Companies kicks off Friday Night Feats, a national high school football video contest to find the biggest moments of the season, this Friday. Players, parents, and fans can win up to $17,500 for their high school. The contest begins Aug. 27 with first, second and third place winners – as voted by the fans – being named Dec. 13.
“In 2009, we saw hundreds of great plays and community support that led to big money for more than 50 schools,” said former pro football quarterback Doug Flutie. “This year State Farm is back and searching for the biggest moments on the gridiron to give more schools the chance to win much needed funds.”
Each week high school football teams across the country are making bold plays – their own Friday night feats. State Farm is giving those football teams, and the communities that support them, an opportunity to share their spectacular plays and a chance to win a cash prize. Eligible fans, coaches, players and community members can submit videos to the State Farm Friday Night Feats contest page, www.FridayNightFeats.com, from Aug. 27 until Nov. 24 to be considered as the best Friday night feat of the 2010 high school football season.
Videos will be submitted and voted on by the public during two time periods or “halves.” The first half is Aug. 27 through Oct. 7 and the second is Oct. 8 through Nov. 24. Viewers will determine 26 finalist nominees from each half by voting on the Friday Night Feats page. The 52 finalist nominees will each receive a prize of $2,500 for their respective school.
“In college, I was able to play a role in one of the biggest moments in my school’s history,” said Flutie. “Friday Night Feats is an opportunity for high school football players, fans and coaches to showcase this year’s biggest moments.”
In 2009, State Farm gave away $160,000 to 52 schools, including first place winner Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vt. Until this year, Mount Mansfield had never had a home football game. The school and community decided to use the award money to finish construction on their first-ever home football field by purchasing a scoreboard, track and turf protective mats, the foundation for a press box and enough sideline and field equipment to get them ready for the first home game in September.
A panel of qualified judges will narrow the field down to the top 10 videos based on the “wow” factor, athleticism, impact of the play, and creativity of the video, which will include a title and brief description of the play. The panel includes Brandon Huffman, Bill Greene and Allen Trieu from Scout.com and a Kid Reporter for SIKids.com. Viewers have the final word, choosing the first and second place and third place winners by voting for their favorite Dec. 2 until Dec. 10. The winners will be announced on Dec. 13. Cash prizes for the top videos are $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.
To upload videos and for more information and contest rules, visit the State Farm Friday Night Feats contest on at www.FridayNightFeats.com.
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SOURCE State Farm