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Golden Tate returns this weekend for fundraiser, athletic skills camp

Golden Tate returns this weekend for fundraiser, athletic skills camp

Pope John Paul II High School

Golden Tate, a 2007 graduate of Pope John Paul II High School and current wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, is returning to his alma mater to host his third annual fundraiser and youth athletic skills camp.

The Gold and Blue #23 Tate Dinner Celebration will take place on Friday, June 8. It will begin with a press conference at 6:30 p.m. open to members of the press only and will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the JPII gymnasium. Tate will emcee the event and will be joined by special guest keynote speaker Marc Mariani, former Tennessee Titans wide receiver and return specialist.

The next morning, Tate will host the Golden Tate Athletic Skills Clinic at JPII on Saturday, June 9. This skills camp is free and open to rising 3rd-8th grade boys and girls. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Jim Carell Athletic Complex, and the clinic will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will dismiss at noon.

During the past three years, the event has raised more than $100,000 for the school. All of
the money raised goes directly into a need-based scholarship for students at JPII under Tate’s name.
“This event has been wildly successful over the past three years,” said Michelle Barber, Dean of Advancement and Admissions at JPII. “But more importantly, it is very special to have Golden return to campus and connect with the community again. Everyone remembers his impact on the field for the Knights, and now we get to see the impact he is having as an ambassador for our school.”

Tate is the most decorated athlete in JPII history. As a running back for the Knights, he holds the JPII record for career touchdowns (84), career rushing yards (3,234), and yards per carry (7.85). Tate was named a USA Today second-team prep All-American in 2006 on defense as an athlete and was rated 11th nationally on the ESPN 150 listing. Tate was selected to the Super Southern 100 team in 2006 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel as one of only 11 players from Tennessee, and was rated one of top 250 players nationally by, including second among Tennessee prospects and seventh nationally among players in the athlete category. He was voted Tennessee’s “Mr. Football” in both 2005 and 2006.

At the collegiate level, Tate went on to become a consensus all-American receiver at Notre Dame and in 2009 was chosen as the Biletnikoff winner as the nation’s best receiver. Prior to leaving for the NFL, he set Notre Dame records for career receiving yards (2,707), receptions for one season (93), and yards in one season (1,496).

In April 2010, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Tate in the second round. He went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII with the Seahawks in 2014.

Tickets for the dinner and skills camp are available online at

Founded in 2002, Pope John Paul II High School is a college preparatory Catholic high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The school serves over 560 students across the Middle Tennessee area. For more information, visit

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