Annual Fan-Fueled Video Contest is Back to Find Biggest Plays from 2011 High School Football Season
Winter Haven, FL August 25, 2011 Each week high school football teams across the country are making bold plays - their own Friday night feats. Today, State Farm Insurance Companies kicks off Friday Night Feats, a national high school football video contest that aims to get schools and communities to a better state. Beginning August 25, the biggest moments of the season as captured by players, parents and fans can win up to $17,500 for their high school. In 2010, four Florida schools won a total of $15,000, including $7,500 for third place winner Winter Springs High School in Winter Springs. Other winners of $2,500 each were: Columbus High School in Miami, New Smyrna Beach High School in New Smyrna Beach, and Evangelical Christian School in Fort Myers.
Eligible fans, coaches, players and community members can submit videos to the State Farm Friday Night Feats contest page, www.FridayNightFeats.com, from Aug. 25 until Nov. 28 to be considered as the best Friday night feat of the 2011 high school football season. Through Friday Night Feats, State Farm recognizes the hard work and effort of high school students to get their community and their school to a better state.
“The Friday Night Feats program is an example of State Farm’s core values actively helping communities - as we do with all 40 million of our customers - get to a better state,” said Victor Terry, Vice President - Agency for State Farm. “In 2010, we saw hundreds of great plays and strong community support that led to financial support for more than 50 schools. This year, we’re excited to see more outstanding gridiron feats and award more schools much needed funds.”
Videos will be submitted and voted on by the public during two time periods or “halves”. The first half is Aug. 25 through Oct. 6 and the second is Oct. 10 through Nov. 28. 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 2010, State Farm gave away more than $160,000 to 52 schools, including first place winner Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School from Cornwall, Ontario. The school and community decided to use the award money towards new uniforms and equipment for the football team. The winning schools can use their prize money however they see fit - whether on the field or in the classroom.
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. The panel includes national high school football recruiting experts and a Kid Reporter for SIKids.com. Viewers have the final word, choosing the first, second, and third place winners by voting for their favorite from Dec. 9 until Dec.16. The winners will be announced on Dec. 19. 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 page at www.FridayNightFeats.com and follow us on Twitter all season long at #StateFarmFNF. Fans can also capture and post their moments through the Friday Night Feats Facebook page or iPhone application.
John Pisula, State Farm Insurance, (954) 205-3961
Natalie Horner, Weber Shandwick, (312) 988-2123
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