The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol Charity Dinner and Golf Tournament presented by Bank of Tennessee is coming to the Tri-Cities region in May, incorporating an important charity component to the buildup of the world's largest football game.

The two-day event, held on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2, will benefit Speedway Children's Charities and scholarship foundations at the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Space for the activities is limited.

"The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol Charity Dinner and Golf Tournament presented by Bank of Tennessee is going to go a long way in making a difference in the community as we prepare for the biggest college football game in history," said Claudia Byrd, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "We are so pleased to be able to help raise money for scholarship opportunities for both Tennessee and Virginia Tech in addition to raising money for SCC itself. We hope everyone will come out to help support these great organizations and make a difference in the lives of thousands of children."

A charity dinner will be held in the infield of Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday night as former players and coaches from both institutions will be on hand to preview their school's upcoming seasons and the Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol. Live musical entertainment will be offered. The evening is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

On Monday, representatives from both Tennessee and Virginia Tech will be on hand for the charity golf tournament at The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. Teams will be paired with a celebrity from each respective school. Celebrities from Tennessee include 1999 National Championship-winning coach Phil Fulmer, five-time NFL Pro Bowl selection Al Wilson, Associated Press' 1992 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Carl Pickens and former NFL wide receiver Tim McGee. Former NFL running back Kevin Jones will represent Virginia Tech. Additional celebrities will be announced in the next few weeks.

"Bank of Tennessee is excited to be the title sponsor for Speedway Children's Charities Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol Benefit," said Bank of Tennessee's Executive Vice President, David Wagner. "As a regional bank, we are concerned about the well-being of our friends and family all throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The goals of Speedway Children's Charities and the scholarship funds at the University of Tennessee and Virginia tech are to ensure that every child has access to tools for a better future and that resonates with our goals too. We are very proud to support this effort with these wonderful organizations."

Registration for the event is now open. Please contact SCC's Betsy Holleman at 423.989.6975 for more information.