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Local broadcaster Craig James joins Fox Sports Southwest

Former SMU and NFL tailback Craig James has joined FOX Sports Southwest as a college football studio analyst, it was announced on Friday by FOX Sports Southwest Senior Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou.

James, a member of SMU’s famed Pony Express backfield, will offer analysis on FOX Sports Southwest’s college football postgame shows this fall following primetime games on Saturdays. He’ll be paired with host Erin Hartigan and former NFL quarterback Tony Banks.

The veteran sports broadcaster will also appear on segments of FOX Sports Southwest’s BIG 12 LIVE wrap-up show.

“We’re excited to add Craig to the FOX Sports Southwest team,” Anastassiou said. “He’s a talented broadcaster who I’ve admired throughout his career. His knowledge of college football and the experience he brings as an analyst will be a tremendous asset to our coverage.”

James has an extensive sports broadcasting career that began in 1989 and has included stints as a college football studio analyst for CBS and ESPN. He also has worked as an NFL and college football game analyst for CBS, college football game analyst for ABC/ESPN, sports anchor at KDFW-TV in Dallas and radio analyst on SMU football games.

At SMU he teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the famed “Pony Express.” He played for the USFL’s Washington Federals from 1983-84 and the NFL’s New England Patriots from 1984-88. He was the Patriots’ Rookie of the Year in 1984 and Most Valuable Player in 1985, in addition to being named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 1985. James started in the 1986 Pro Bowl and in Super Bowl XX.

In addition to his role on the FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL POSTGAME SHOW, James also will offer insight on segments of BIG 12 LIVE.

BIG 12 LIVE will air Saturdays at 11 p.m. CT and will feature highlights and commentary from the day’s Big 12 games.

Ric Renner hosts the one-hour show with College Football Hall of Famer and former New York Giants linebacker Gary Reasons and FOXSportsSouthwest.com correspondent Matt Mosley.

The shows will be carried on FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Oklahoma and FOX Sports New Orleans, which combined reach over 10 million cable and satellite television households in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

The FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL POSTGAME SHOW also will be made available to FSN regional networks across the country.

Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Poker Run rolling into Frisco in September

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Rev up for a great day of riding, food and fun awaits motorcyclists at Frisco Family Services’ first Riding 4 Meals Motorcycle Poker Run on Sept. 21.

Riders will join lead rider, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, on a 144-mile ride on North Texas roads with four entertaining stops. (Mayor Maso is pictured at the Travis Mills Benefit Ride.)

Proceeds from the motorcycle poker run will raise funds for Frisco Family Services’ Food Pantry, which last year distributed over 463,000 pounds of food to those in need in the Frisco and Frisco ISD (which include parts of Little Elm, McKinney and Plano) communities.

“Even though there are reports that the economy is improving, we’ve seen a 17% increase this past year in our food pantry usage,” Nicole S. Bursey, Frisco Family Services executive director, said. “Participating in Riding 4 Meals, will help us keep the food pantry stocked so we can meet the needs of families that depend on us.”

The ride will start and end at the Frisco Resale parking lot (9125 Dogwood St, Frisco) and stops will be at Lonestar Leather in Denton, Western Land Leather in Sherman, Motorcycle Outpost in Westminster, and Harley-Davidson of Dallas in Allen. Along the route, riders will be able to draw cards to win the best 5-card poker hand. At the end of the ride, riders will enjoy great food from 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, Rock 101 Grill Little Elm and Quaker Steak & Lube, live music from the Iron Fist of Duncan, bike games and a precision skills show.

The cost is $25 per rider and $15 for the passenger and includes participation in the ride, food, and end festivities, and opportunities to win prizes. The first 200 to sign up will receive a free t-shirt.

Donation and sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors for this year include POParella’s Gourmet Popcorn and Treats, Farmer’s Insurance – Marilyn Kuhlman Agency, Prosper Bank, 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, Rock 101 Grill Little Elm, and Quaker Steak & Lube.

For more information on the Riding 4 Meals Poker Run, to register or to become a sponsor, visit www.riding4meals.org or call Kimberly Girard at 972-335-9495.

Feast in Frisco under way to support Frisco Family Services

Frisco Family Services is offering Restaurant Week – Feast in Frisco from Aug. 18-24. People are invited to eat at the eight participating restaurants during the week so a portion of the proceeds will go back to Frisco Family Services. Just mention Frisco Family Services for the proceeds to be applied. Frisco Family Services is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization serving the communities of Frisco and Frisco ISD. The mission of Frisco Family Services is to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. FFS houses the only food pantry in Frisco and offers financial assistance for critical needs such as rent/mortgage, gasoline and utility payments.  FFS sells and distributes clothing, furniture, and household items through Frisco Resale. Special programs include: Summer Lunch Program, Back-To-School Fun Fair, Thanksgiving Food Distribution and FFS Holiday Program. FFS also offers life skill classes, educational assistance and employment support to adult clients.

Frisco Family Services is offering Restaurant Week – Feast in Frisco from Aug. 18-24. People are invited to eat at the eight participating restaurants during the week so a portion of the proceeds will go back to Frisco Family Services. Just mention Frisco Family Services for the proceeds to be applied.

“We’re so grateful for all of the participating restaurants who are giving back to our community,” Melanie Perkins, development director of Frisco Family Services, said. “This is a great way for families to dine out and do good in the community.”

Participating Restaurants:
Estilo Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse (Aug. 10-24) Enjoy authentic gaucho style food with a 3-course prix fixe dinner for $45 per person (drinks, tax and gratuity additional). For every prix fixe meal purchase, Estilo Gaucho will make a $5 donation to FFS. To make a reservation, call 214-618-6150 and request a Frisco Family Services reservation. (8650 SH 121, Frisco, 75034)

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery (Aug. 18) Enjoy this Celtic-themed sports pub with their famous Irish Nachos, Gaelic Chicken and more. Mention FFS and 20% of sales will go back to FFS. (8320 SH 121, Frisco, 75034)

Rock 101 Grill Little Elm (Aug. 18-24) Have fun in this rock-themed bar and grill. Purchase a $5 Buy 1 Entrée, Get 1 Free Card to be used on your next visit. The entire $5 will benefit FFS. Card must be used within two weeks of purchase date. (2833 Eldorado Pkwy #301, Frisco, 75034)

GattiTown (Aug. 19-22) Eat up the fun! 15% of all buffet and game card purchases will go back to Frisco Family Services when mentioning FFS upon purchase. FFS will also be collecting food items. Everyone who donates a non-perishable food item gets a $3 GattiTown game card (limit one game card per family). (3251 Preston Road #1400, Frisco, 75034)

TruFire Kitchen and Bar (Aug. 20) Savor the Mediterranean-Italian-American cuisine and 15% of all food sales will go back to FFS. (6959 Lebanon Road #114, Frisco, 75034)

Smashburger (Aug. 21) Fill up on delicious burgers and fries at Smashburger. Mention FFS and 10% of all sales will back to FFS. (6959 Lebanon Road #123, Frisco, 75034)

Bonnie Ruth’s Café Trottoir et Patesserie (Aug. 22) Offering award-winning cuisine, a lively atmosphere and house-made desserts made daily, 15% of all sales on Aug. 22 will be donated when mentioning FFS. (6959 Lebanon Road #100, Frisco, 75034)

sweetFrog Premium Frozen Yogurt (Aug. 23) Cool off with some delicious frozen yogurt. Mention FFS and 20% of all sales will be donated. (5105 W. Eldorado Parkway #110, Frisco, 75034)

Frisco Family Services is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization serving the communities of Frisco and Frisco ISD.

The mission of Frisco Family Services is to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. FFS houses the only food pantry in Frisco and offers financial assistance for critical needs such as rent/mortgage, gasoline and utility payments.

 FFS sells and distributes clothing, furniture, and household items through Frisco Resale. Special programs include: Summer Lunch Program, Back-To-School Fun Fair, Thanksgiving Food Distribution and FFS Holiday Program. FFS also offers life skill classes, educational assistance and employment support to adult clients.

Capital One hosting Career Exploration Day

On Thursday, Capital One will be offering Career Exploration Day for students from the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation Program, Samaritan Inn and Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County.

Executives and other associates from Capital One Financial Services and Capital One Bank in Collin County will discuss their business experiences and personal, educational and work backgrounds with students served by the three local nonprofits.

Capital One execs say the event is being offered because they believe that education is the most important determinant of future success. Through an approach called “Investing for Good,” Capital One is committed to delivering core banking services along with specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support to generate a lasting, local community impact and valuable business results.

Volunteer service projects like this one demonstrate Capital One’s long-standing commitment to education and small business and workforce development.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Conference Center Building in the Capital One People Center, 8036 Dominion Parkway in Plano. More than 3,000 Capital One associates work in the People Center. Capital One Bank operates 10 branches in Collin County.

Notable: The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, reaches out to disadvantaged students who have overcome significant adversity and who need financial and moral support to successfully obtain a college education.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

The Samarian Inn offers a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.

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