One Eastern or Central Mass. high school football squad will be featured in Eastern Bank’s fall TV commercial – an honor that will bring attention to the team’s program and $5,000 to support the school’s athletics department.
Teams are encouraged to submit videos, photos, audio recordings or essays that answer the question: “What makes your team special?” The contest opens today and entries must be received no later than August 7, 2009. The submissions, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, will be posted at www.easternbank.com/teamwork for the public to view.
“At Eastern Bank, our team is focused on working together to provide our customers with banking, investment and insurance solutions,” said Richard E. Holbrook, chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank. “We’ve decided to illustrate this point by featuring a high school football team, which needs offense, defense and special teams to be successful.
“However, rather than just randomly pick a team, we thought we’d have a little fun and allow the teams to tell us what makes them special,” Holbrook said.
A select number of teams will be invited to send several players to a casting call in August. The winning team will be selected based upon its players’ performance in front of the camera, the interest level shown by the team, coach and school, and its response to the question regarding what makes the team special, among other considerations.
In addition to the $5,000 award, Eastern Bank will award $500 prizes to support the athletics department of every team whose players are invited to the casting call. The commercial is scheduled to air in September.
The winner must be willing to allow the videotaping of two practices in late August. The team’s coach and the head of the team’s school must approve the entry, and each participant in the commercial must provide Eastern Bank with a full release. A complete list of contest rules is available on Facebook (search “Eastern Bank”).
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.