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ATLANTA, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OrthoAtlanta is proud to serve as the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider to the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, a role it has held since the inaugural 2008 game. Matching top college football teams in a neutral-site setting, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the nation's longest running kick-off game and has been nationally televised on the opening weekend of the college football season since its inception. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 67,645 and has been watched on television by 47.4 million viewers. This year, the sold-out games will be the first college football games played in the new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Saturday, September 2 game pairs the Florida State Seminoles against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Monday, September 4, Labor Day game matches the University of Tennessee Volunteers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
"As the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, OrthoAtlanta physicians, and medical staff will be present at both games, providing on-site orthopedic medical services throughout the games to the players of the teams, their coaches, staff, and officials," cites Todd A. Schmidt, MD, OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeon and medical director for the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games. Dr. Schmidt is joined by OrthoAtlanta Medical Director, Michael J. Behr, MD, who serves as a co-medical director to the games, and by additional OrthoAtlanta orthopedic surgeons from multiple orthopedic specialties, plus athletic trainers and administrative staff.
The OrthoAtlanta medical staff and management personnel work together with Peach Bowl, Inc., management to ensure the medical needs of the teams, coaches and staff are served. As shared by Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and president, "We value our partnership with OrthoAtlanta, whose physicians and medical staff work seamlessly with the Peach Bowl, Inc., staff, the teams, and officials, to deliver top level medical service to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game each year."
OrthoAtlanta and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game are two proud Atlanta traditions. To share the excitement of the first college football games to be played in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, OrthoAtlanta is holding its own Football Ticket Giveaway. The online sweepstakes run from August 14 through August 27, 2017, offering Georgia residents the chance to win two (2) tickets to the sold-out 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017. Entry information and details are available on the OrthoAtlanta web site, OrthoAtlanta.com, and via the OrthoAtlanta Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OrthoAtlanta. You will also find OrthoAtlanta staff greeting fans during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game FANZONE presented by Coca-Cola pre-game events.
OrthoAtlanta is the second largest physician-owned orthopedic and sports medicine practice in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area. With 39 physicians serving in 13 offices, the practice provides the highest level of patient care for injury or deformity of muscles, joints, bones, and spine. OrthoAtlanta offers convenient accessibility to a full range of musculoskeletal surgeons, specialists and patient services including on-site physical therapy, pain management care, seven MRI imaging centers and workers' compensation coordination. Comprehensive operative and non-operative musculoskeletal care and expertise includes sport medicine, arthroscopic surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, neck and spine surgery, elbow and shoulder surgery, wrist and hand surgery, ankle and foot surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, arthritis treatment, general orthopedics, work related injuries and acute orthopedic urgent care. OrthoAtlanta Surgery Centers in Austell and Fayetteville provide cost-effective, same-day surgical procedures in an accredited outpatient center. OrthoAtlanta ORTHOQuick locations in Fayetteville and Piedmont West provide emergency, after-hours orthopedic care.
For more information, visit www.OrthoAtlanta.com, or, contact Pat Prosser, OrthoAtlanta Public Relations Manager, 678-996-7254.
ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A KICKOFF GAME
Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1, 2, 5 (twice), 6, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (twice), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (twice). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 67,645, has been watched on television by 47.4 million viewers and has distributed $51.9 million in total team payouts. Since its inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has featured seven national coaches of the year, 19 players who were recipients of national awards during their collegiate careers and a total of 48 first-round NFL Draft picks. For more information, visit WWW.CHICK-FIL-AKICKOFFGAME.COM.
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