August 17, 2017 (Hampton, Ark.) – Football. Food banks. Fearless fans. Hampton High
School football players, cheerleaders, band members, coaches and several teachers
and staff gathered today to celebrate their selection for participation in the 2017
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kickoff Classic, presented by hootens.com, and
pack meals for the local food pantry.
Hampton High School is one of eight teams selected to participate in the competitive,
championship-caliber high school football showcase for 2017! Other schools are from
Camden Harmony Grove, Conway Christian, Danville, Hamburg, Pea Ridge, Prescott
Hampton will face Prescott in the 2017 Kickoff Classic on Tuesday, August 29, at
Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. To help get the team and town excited about
the game, a community pep rally was held at the Arnold Stadium. At the pep rally, it
was announced that students and staff had gathered just prior with Arkansas Blue
Cross employees to pack 15,000 meals for the United Community Resource Council
food pantry. The Pack Shack of Rogers, Ark., conducted a Feed the Funnel party in the
school cafeteria for the students to produce the nutritious meals.
“The heartbeat of our company is serving Arkansans,” said Chris Shumake of Arkansas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “This is the second year for Arkansas Blue Cross to
sponsor the Kickoff Classic and we couldn’t be happier to be supporting the teams and the towns where they live with Pep Rallies with a Purpose events. Because our
state is ranked 2nd in the nation in the number of people facing food insecurity, we are
reaching out in advance of the games and making a deeper investment in the Arkansas
communities where these students, coaches, teachers and administrators, parents and
other folks live, learn, work and play.”
As a very small token of Arkansas Blue Cross’ appreciation for the hospitality shown by
the citizens of Hampton, and to extend its investment in the youth of the community,
Hampton Football received a $1,500 check to be used to help shore up any unmet needs
for the program.
“We appreciate Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield affirming youth across the state and
being involved in a positive activity like high school football,” said Chad Hooten of Hooten’s
Arkansas Football. “Not only will all eight teams get to start this season in grand style at
college stadiums, Arkansas Blue Cross will enable the players, cheerleaders and band
members to help their communities while having a lot of fun before the games.”
Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an independent licensee of
the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas.
Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. The Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association is comprised of 36 independent, community-based and locally
operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans that collectively provide healthcare coverage
for nearly 106 million members — one in three Americans.
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