Media release: For the first time in its 27-year history, the Corky Kell football classic travels to Barron Stadium in Rome for its opening games on Aug. 16, and Harbin Clinic has signed on to be the presenting sponsor. Two new Harbin Clinic commercials will premiere during the television broadcasts of the game on several platforms, including television and Facebook Live.
The first contest pits the defending Class 3A state champion Calhoun Yellow Jackets against the Class 4A Ridgeland Panthers at 5:30 p.m. The nightcap features the Class
7A Marietta Blue Devils facing the two-time defending Class 5A state champion Rome Wolves at 8:30 p.m.
Fans watching the games on television or other digital devices will also get the chance to see three Harbin Clinic physicians during the games.
- At halftime of the Calhoun game, longtime Calhoun family medicine physician Dr. Ken Howard will talk about practicing medicine in Gordon County and probably show off his trademark handshake as well. Harbin Clinic offers family medicine, cardiology and nephrology services in our Calhoun facility, and Dr. Howard has been a big a part of Calhoun for more than a decade.
- During the scoreboard show between games, Harbin Clinic’s Chief Medical Officer and big football fan Dr. Ed McBride will talk about Harbin’s commitment to keeping everyone healthy.
- Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chris Piller will be featured at halftime of the Rome game. Dr. Piller has served as team physician for the Rome High Wolves for years and can talk about the great things happening with the team and with Harbin Orthopaedics in Northwest Georgia. Our orthopaedics team in Rome serves as team physicians for Rome, Armuchee, Trion and Chattooga High Schools as well as Berry College and the Rome Braves.
In Cartersville, our orthopaedics staff has grown with the addition of a sports medicine expert. Both orthopaedic locations offer a walk-in sports clinic on Monday mornings to help athletes of all ages who might have gotten injured over the weekend.
Along with the commercials and interviews, Harbin Clinic will be handing out specially made boom sticks, T-shirts and mini footballs to fans.
“We are pleased to be a part of this great event and be able to help show the state how great the town of Rome is,” Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock says. “We hope that
all of the fans attending and watching the games have a great experience.”
Both games in Rome will be televised on the WXIA network of stations on Channel 36 (WATL), and the NFHS Network will provide the digital broadcast. Channel 11 will show the game on its Facebook page via Facebook Live as well. Live game-day stats and event information will be posted on CorkyKellClassic.com.
“The city of Rome and Floyd County were very determined to bring the Corky Kell to their backyard and we are thrilled for this opportunity,” says Dave Hunter, the Executive
Director of the classic. “We are looking forward to a great evening with some top-level football teams.”