- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans helped kick off domestic violence awareness month by donating $100,000 each to the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Titans president and chief executive officer Tommy Smith and his wife, Susie, presented the checks Thursday at a luncheon at LP Field. The Titans also planning a domestic violence awareness event during their Oct. 12 game with Jacksonville, but did not offer any details.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said he would like the Titans to join the city’s partnership working to stop domestic violence because the team’s involvement could be the tipping point in those efforts.

“The Titans can be crucial to our work in in this area because they already have the most important ingredient - an audience,” Dean said. “And not just any audience, but an audience of men and boys who consider the players as icons of manhood. There is great potential in this partnership. If we work closely together, we will become a national model.”

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