Courtesy of Aaron's:
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Florida State University's trophy case holds lots of hardware, but none for motorsports.
Aaron's and Brian Vickers plan to change that.
Vickers' No. 55 Aaron's Toyota will carry a special paint scheme honoring FSU's 2013 BCS National Championship football team when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.
The garnet and gold paint scheme on the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota will include the FSU BCS National Championship logo on the hood.
Vickers will also wear a special FSU driver uniform for the race.
"Everyone in America knows about Florida State's tradition of success especially in athletics," said Vickers. "Aaron's and I really want to continue that tradition at Daytona in July and give Seminole fans a chance to see their car and colors celebrate in victory lane. I'm excited to be representing my home state on the car for Daytona. We're hoping it will give us a 'home field' advantage we need."
Fans at FSU's April 12 Spring Game will see the car unveiling and watch a special video message from Vickers on the videoboard. FSU will collect hoods from the race car for display at block parties, road trips and The Jimbo Fisher Call-In Show throughout the 2014 football season.
Aaron's said it was natural to honor Florida State at the Daytona race.
"Aaron's is proud to feature the Florida State football championship paint scheme on the No. 55 Dream Machine at Daytona International Speedway," said Rich Lamprey, Aaron's Director of Sports and Event Marketing.
"We have a history of showcasing collegiate championships on our racecars to highlight our brand's involvement in collegiate sports. We hope that NASCAR fans and college sports fans alike will appreciate the FSU paint scheme, and we look forward to Brian bringing the Seminoles to the checkered flag in Daytona," said Lamprey.
Vickers drove a special paint scheme honoring the University of Louisville's national championship basketball team at Kentucky Speedway last year. Aaron's and MWR have honored Alabama and Auburn national football championships at Talladega Superspeedway four times since 2009.
IMG College, which represents the multimedia rights and official licensed merchandise program of Florida State University, brought together MWR, Aaron's, and the school for this innovative marketing program. IMG will utilize its assets, including relationships within FSU Athletics, to help promote an exciting race weekend as well as the full collaboration of college sports and stock car racing.
ABOUT AARON'S SPORTS SPONSORSHIPS
Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, has more than 2,120 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron's sponsors motorsports teams and event broadcasts at various levels along with select professional and collegiate sports, such as NFL and NBA teams, SEC and ACC college athletic programs, and an IMG collegiate sports national sponsorship package of 37 schools. Aaron's also begin our 15th year as a NASCAR Sprint Cup team sponsor of Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aaron's has committed to a full-time sponsorship of the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 with driver Brian Vickers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which began in the 2014 race season. Our premier title sponsorship continues to be the Aaron's Dream Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway consisting of the Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. For more information, visit www.aarons.com. Aaron's, Inc. includes the Aarons.com and ShopHomeSmart.com brands. For the latest sports updates from Aaron's, follow us on Twitter @AaronsSports.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- 2013 National Champion and current NFL prospect Kenny Shaw will be participating in the ceremonial coin toss on Thursday, April 10 at CFE Arena.
Shaw, who is expected to hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft, was the veteran leader of Florida State's receiving corps this season. The sure-handed receiver helped guide the Florida State Seminoles to their first National Championship since 1999.
During the 2013 season, Shaw was tied for second on Seminoles in receptions (54) and was third in receiving yards (933). The receiver also returned punts where he ranked sixth in the ACC with a 9.7 average. The do-it-all receiver ranked 10th in the ACC in receiving yards (66.6 per game) and was second on the team with 1,204 all-purpose yards.
Shaw was a four-star prospect coming out of Doctor Phillips High School in Orlando according to Rivals, which ranked him as the No. 14 receiver prospect in the country, the No. 6 prospect overall in Florida and the No. 42 player nationally. The receiver is currently training and preparing for the NFL in Orlando, and he could not be more excited to participate in the coin toss this Thursday. "It was an opportunity that I could not pass up no matter how busy my schedule is," said Shaw. "Opportunities like this don't come around often, and I took it as a blessing. This is my first Arena Football game and I am excited to see what the game is all about."
ABOUT ORLANDO PREDATORS: The Orlando Predators are heading into their 23rd season as Orlando's most exciting and innovative professional sports franchise. Proud members of the Arena Football League, the Predators have achieved unprecedented success on the field, reaching the AFL postseason a league-leading 19 times in their history. The Orlando Predators have advanced to the AFL playoffs a league-leading 19 times in their history while securing seven conference championships, including two ArenaBowl Championship victories in 1998 and 2000.
Courtesy of Tri-Eagle Sales:
Tallahassee, Fla. -- Baseball fans can sign up at the Budweiser Good Sport designated driver program booth beginning at 5:00pm on April 1, prior to the start of the FSU baseball game against Florida Gulf Coast University at Dick Howser Stadium. Fans who pledge to be designated drivers before FSU sporting events will receive a complimentary Budweiser promotional product and a chance to be selected as the "Designated Driver of the Game." Designated Drivers of the Game are recognized on the stadium video board, and will receive a Budweiser Tailgate Prize Pack.
"Part of our ongoing commitment to the community is to promote responsible behavior when it comes to drinking before sporting events," said Mike LePorin, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for Tri-Eagle Sales. "Good Sport is a program that ensures fans attending not only the game at Dick Howser Stadium but any FSU complex will have a good time and be good sports, while being reminded of the importance of Designated Drivers." LePorin will also be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's game.
Major League Baseball Opening Day was Monday March 31st. Last month the Budweiser brand, the Official Beer Sponsor of Major League Baseball, hit the campaign trail with Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith to gather the minimum 100,000 signatures needed to declare Opening Day a national holiday, which they attained. Budweiser and Ozzie await official next steps, and are excited to celebrate and are appreciative of all the support the campaign has received across the country.
Tri-Eagle Sales is the locally owned and operated beverage wholesaler distributing Anheuser-Busch and many craft and specialty brands throughout fourteen counties in North and North Central Florida. They are proud sponsors of Florida State University Athletics.
Bobby's Back! Join legendary Coach Bobby Bowden in the Union on April 3rd as he rallies for a cure against Fanconi anemia, the rare genetic disease diagnosed in Coach Jimbo Fisher's young son.
The event begins at 9:30am with introductions by Kidz1stFund Chairwoman and wife of FSU head football coach, Candi Fisher. Admission is FREE. Autographs and photo session will be available.
On Saturday, April 5th, KRunners and FSULAW present the FIGHT FOR A CURE 5K benefitting Jimbo & Candi Fisher's Kidz1stFund. The race will start at the Unconquered Statue and loop 3.1 miles through scenic FSU campus. From there, the post-race party will kick off with live music, awards, raffle, and a complimentary beverage of choice for each runner, courtesy of Madison Social. Race MC will be none other than Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award candidate, Florida State University Hall of Fame Inductee, and MVP of the '99 BCS National Championship Game Peter Warrick! Considered one of the best players in FSU history, come help welcome #9 back to Doak! Register for the race online here and for more information on Kidz1stFund and the fight against Fanconi anemia, please visit Kidz1stFund.com.