MACON, Ga. – The Mercer University Athletics Department, in conjunction with the 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia and the Motivating Youth Foundation, is proud to announce that Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end and Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Ditka will be speaking during a luncheon banquet at Mercer University on Thursday, August 28 in the University Center.
The event starts at 12 p.m. on the floor of Hawkins Arena and precedes the Bears’ 2014 football season opener against Reinhardt at 7 p.m. in Mercer University Stadium. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased online (click here) or by calling the Mercer Ticket Office at (478) 301-5470.
Tables with seating for 10 people are priced at $1,000 apiece while individual seats for the event are going for $125 each. Additional “Bronze” and “Silver” table sponsorship options are also available.
“We are honored to host one of the greatest names in football here at Mercer University,” said Director of Athletics Jim Cole. “Mike Ditka has been an important figure in the NFL for years and will provide our student-athletes with great insights on the type of attitude and commitment that builds success.”
Ditka, who will also be serving as an honorary captain for Mercer’s football game, became the first tight end ever elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after a stellar 12-year career with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. He went on to enjoy a 14-year head coaching career that included six NFC Central titles, three NFC championship game appearances and the 1986 Super Bowl crown with the Bears.
Since his retirement from coaching in 2000, Ditka has served as an analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, CBS and NBC while making regular appearances on ESPN Radio and SportsCenter. He devotes himself to numerous anti-drug and prevention campaigns, and founded the Mike Ditka Foundation in 1989 to raise funds for Misericordia, a residential facility for developmentally disabled children.