Feb. 24, 2014
Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason reached two different Nashville audiences Sunday, serving as a celebrity food judge at a popular non-profit benefit and speaking to hundreds of fans at the Sports Fest.
Mason started the day at LP Field, participating as a celebrity judge at the annual Ford Our Kids Soup Sunday fundraiser. The event, held as a benefit for an agency that assists children and families affected by child sexual abuse, attracted several thousand local residents to sample specialty soups created by chefs from more than 50 of Nashville's top restaurants.
The list of local celebrities joining Mason as judges included Vanderbilt graduate and 2012 PGA Tour Fed Ex champion Brandt Snedeker, Rascal Flatts' lead guitarist Joe Don Rooney, and two cast members from ABC's primetime series "Nashville," Charles Esten and Eric Close.
Mason went straight from tasting soups to signing autographs at the Sports Fest, held for the first time ever in Nashville's newly opened Music City Center.
Mason, preparing for his first spring drills as Vanderbilt's head coach that starts March 11, also served as a featured speaker at the Sports Fest, addressing a wide variety of topics in front of a large turnout of Commodore fans.