STEELERS vs. BENGALS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. ACTIVITIES
Pre-Game Ceremonies *Steelers fans are encouraged to arrive early for Sunday's Steelers-Bengals game to enjoy all of the pre-game ceremonies (gates open at 11 am), which will include the following.
* Salvation Army Kicks Off Kettle Campaign
The Salvation Army will kick off its annual red kettle campaign before Sunday's gamt at Heinz Field.
Volunteers will accept cash donations at Gates A and B, in the Coca-Cola Great Hall and on the West Concourse from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. kickoff. A giant red kettle will also be parked on General Robinson Street near Art Rooney Avenue and will be staffed to accept donations.
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* Joe Greene Coke Commercial Clio Award Presentation*
As a part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Joe Greene Coke Commercial, the former Steelers great and Hall of Famer will finally receive the Clio Award that the commercial won years ago when the Steelers play the Bengals at Heinz Field on Nov. 15.
Greene's classic ad, where he tosses his jersey to a kid who gave him a Coke won the advertising award but Greene never received it. He will be presented the award in a pregame ceremony.
Greene and Tom Okon, the kid who he tossed the jersey to, will be on hand for the presentation.
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke Terrible Towel Presentation
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke became an Internet sensation when the Pittsburgh native cheered for his hometown Steelers from of all places, aboard the International Space Station.
During a video message prior to the AFC Championship game in January, Fincke showed his support of the Steelers by doing one of the most unique Terrible Towel waves ever, as he and the towel floated in zero gravity.
Fincke, a Pittsburgh-native who is the commander of the three-astronaut Expedition 18 crew, will present the team with the Terrible Towel he flew in space in a pregame ceremony.
Veterans Day Recognition
The Steelers will honor our nation's military veterans before the game, with a Color Guard comprised of veterans as well as representatives from the different wars. Strike Fighter Squadron 213, The Fighting Blacklions, stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., will perform a flyover prior to kickoff.
In addition, safety Troy Polamalu will host a group of Purple Heart Recipients as a part of Operation Once In A Lifetime, which grants wishes for military.
The group of U.S. Army soldiers, who are all Steelers fans, were wounded in combat but are still active in the Delta Company WTU (Wounded Transition Unit).
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Tamara Tunie, the star of hit TV Series Law & Order SVU and sister-in-law of former Steelers wide receiver Greg Hawthorne, will sing the National Anthem. Tunie, who is originally from McKeesport, Pa., has starred of Law & Order for over nine years in addition to As The World Turns for 10 years. She also appeared in the following television shows and movies: Sex & The City, NY Undercover; The Devils Advocate; Chicago Hope; The Peacemaker; Wall Street; Spencer For Hire; Rising Sun; Snake Eyes; Eve's Bayou. She is the producer of the Tony Award Winning Broadway Production, "Spring Awakening" and has been nominated for several Image Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and Soap Opera Digest Awards.
Punt, Pass and Kick
The Steelers will host a portion the local NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at halftime. The actual competition will take place earlier in the day, with a halftime passing exhibition occurring at halftime.