Vols sign autographs for kids in Gatlinburg

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GATLINBURG (WATE) – Youth from Sevier County received a special surprise Wednesday afternoon as Team 120 visited Gatlinburg. The team signed autographs for several hours at Rocky Top Sports World, including Head Coach Butch Jones, meeting victims of the wildfires that raged through the area two weeks ago.

Every year during bowl prep, the team spends time in Gatlinburg, but this year felt different. They say the social responsibility came through as they spent time brightening the kids’ afternoons.

“Gatlinburg has always been important to me. I remember coming up here when I was 7 years old. Hearing about the tragedy and the devastation that happened, all I can do is hope that one day it’ll be what it is. I feel like helping people is all I can do right now and I’m happy our team is committed to doing this,” said Todd Kelly Jr.

“I grew up coming up here so I was really excited when Coach Jones told us. It comes with us being representatives of the state and I’m happy to help in any way that I can,” said Jack Jones.

The kids said they were thrilled to meet the players and Coach Jones.

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