2014 Home Team Huddle Winners' Story: The 12th Man in Action
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2014 Home Team Huddle Winners' Story: The 12th Man in Action

2014 Home Team Huddle Winners' Story: The 12th Man in Action

If you were named the 2015 MX Performance Group HOME TEAM HUDDLE grand prize winner, where would you go?

Our 2014 winners traveled to Seattle to see the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers in the Seahawks’ home opener. Who knew these were the two teams that would meet again in this year’s NFC Championship, sending Seattle to another Super Bowl?! Here’s our 2014 winners' story: 

2014 Winners: Ethel and Bob Matthews


Game Attended: Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers, Sept. 4, 2014 (Seahawks won 36-16.)

Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle

Ethel and Bob attended the annual HOME TEAM HUDDLE party hosted by the Alpha Sunday School Class from Germantown United Methodist Church. GUMC and the Alpha Class been involved with Memphis Habitat, raising funds and volunteering, for almost 30 years, and the Alpha Class has long been hosting annual HUDDLES for its members. The event is always popular. In fact, the Alpha Class has been the top fundraising party in the past, and other class members have actually won the grand prize in previous years!

About her reaction when learning she’d won the grand prize, Ethel said, “I was totally shocked and thrilled when learning my name had been drawn for the trip. I remember how much fun another couple from our class had a few years prior when their names were drawn!”

Bob and Ethel narrowed the games down to a Green Bay Packers game. “We’d been fans for years as my brother used to live in Green Bay!” Ethel said. They wanted to go somewhere they’d never been, and when they learned the Seahawks would host the Packers for their home opener, they felt it would be the perfect time of year to head to Seattle. “The weather was absolutely fabulous the four days we were there!”

Friends of the Matthews family – two huge Packer fans – decided to book their own trip to coincide with Bob and Ethel’s and joined them. They were all amazed at how loud Seattle’s fans could be! “At the game, we were surrounded by the ‘12th man on the field’ and it WAS loud! There were a few other Packers fans in front of us to commiserate with! But, despite the abysmal play of the Packers, it was lots of fun to see CenturyLink Field and experience an NFL game.”



 While in Seattle, Ethel said they did lots of walking and took in many of the sights. “We made use of the Sounder Train to CenturyLink Field from downtown and rode the Monorail system to the Chihuly Glass Museum and Space Needle. We also saw ‘A Chorus Line’ at the 5th Avenue Theater, a terrific professional production by artists of the Northwest. The last day we had a boat tour from Union Lake, past the home used in ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ through the Ballard Lock into Puget Sound and then back to the pier. Of course, we also shopped Pike Place Market.”

It sounds like the Ethel and Bob had a GREAT trip! Where would you go? Start thinking because, the 2015 HOME TEAM HUDDLE grand prize winner could be YOU!


The big game is coming up Sunday, Feb. 1, and there’s still time to get in the game for Memphis Habitat and host an MX Performance Group HOME TEAM HUDDLE. You OR one of your guests could win the grand prize trip for two to an NFL city and game next season! This package includes airfare for two, a two-night stay from Hilton Worldwide and two tickets to the NFL game of the winner's choice. Accommodations will be arranged through Memphis Habitat, and tickets must be for a regular season game held in the United States. Top fundraising hosts are also eligible for great prizes!

Posted by Jessica Hord at 10:48 AM
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