Jason Witten, welcome home.
As local businesses line their signs and blue signs dot the streets of Elizabethton, the 2012 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year and Bart Starr Award winner returns for a special weekend.
This afternoon, the City of Elizabethton, in partnership with the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, will honor the Dallas Cowboys All-Pro tight end for his philanthropic and athletic efforts with “Jason Witten Day” at the Covered Bridge Festival main stage at 2 p.m.
Saturday morning the event that began Witten’s well-documented community outreach, the Jason Witten SCORE Foundation Youth Football Camp, returns to Dave Rider Field with a morning and afternoon of outreach to a large number of youth.
Today, city officials will present Witten with a key to the city, officially unveil new street signage and honor his success both on and off the field. Witten will give back to the community, awarding the $5,000 Jason Witten Scholar-Athlete Award to Elizabethton sports standout Christine Hardin of Elizabethton.
“It truly is an honor to welcome Jason and his family home to Elizabethton and to officially recognize him for his athletic accomplishments and outstanding character,” said Richard Tester, city councilman and committee chairman for the event in a press release. “Jason is a tremendous source of pride for this community, and I am appreciative to the many individuals who assisted in the planning process and to our event sponsor, Southeast Ford, for making this special recognition possible. It is a much deserved.”