FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE NAMES MAKE-A-WISH KID JALAN SOWELL HONORARY CAPTAIN OF FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL
Brentwood, Tenn. (December 19, 2017) – At the Franklin American Mortgage Company (FAMC) Coaches Luncheon presented by WKRN News 2, FAMC will recognize Wish Kid Jalan Sowell, from Mt. Juliet, as Honorary Captain of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. In this role, Sowell will participate in all of the events surrounding the bowl—including accompanying FAMC President/CEO Dan Crockett for the pre-game coin toss.
As a Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee supporter, FAMC has given more than $130,000 to help grant life-changing wishes in Middle Tennessee over the past six years and routinely names a Make-A-Wish ambassador as the honorary captain for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Sowell was a star football player for Mt. Juliet High School before being diagnosed with chronic pulmonary embolism, a respiratory condition that ended his promising football career. Sowell’s coaches knew he had too much talent to quit the sport completely, so they offered him a position as a student coach. Through his new position, Sowell shares his strength and passion for football with his teammates.
Sowell was one of the wish kids featured on ESPN® in July as part of the “My Wish” series on SportsCenter, where he wished to produce and be the subject of an inspirational ESPN feature.
“Some of my most memorable moments from the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl have been getting to know extraordinary kids through Make-A-Wish,” said Franklin American Mortgage Company President/CEO Dan Crockett. “Jalan’s positive attitude in spite of his setback is an inspiration, and the fact that he used his wish to spread awareness about his condition shows just how great of a person he is.”
“Research shows wishes can give children the renewed physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness,” said Beth Torres, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. “Jalan used his wish to share hope and strength with other children and his teammates. By including Jalan in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, FAMC is giving him another platform to share his inspirational message with others. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to helping grant life-changing wishes for our wish kids.”
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Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee:
Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child's wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and 200+ volunteers in Middle Tennessee, grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 2000, Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee has granted more than 1,500 wishes to children in from the Tennessee River to the Cumberland Plateau. For more information about Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, visit middletennessee.wish.org.
About Franklin American Mortgage Company:
Franklin American Mortgage is a privately-held mortgage banking firm headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. and licensed to provide residential mortgages across the nation. For nearly a quarter of a century, FAMC has been an industry leader committed to helping families and individuals achieve their dreams of homeownership. For more information about the company and its services, please go to www.franklinamerican.com.
About the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast or Big Ten and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced nearly $270 million in direct economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and ESPN Radio, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615-743-3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.