CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - On Aug. 22, high school football teams across the state will kick off their seasons in hopes of making it to the BlueCross Bowl, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division I Football Championships.

The BlueCross Bowl, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, will be played at Middle Tennessee State University’s Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Dec. 5-6.

“BlueCross is proud to partner with TSSAA as sponsor for the BlueCross Bowl,” said Bill Steverson, director of communications for BlueCross. “We’re committed to supporting healthy competition and encouraging young athletes to work hard and play fair. Part of that effort is educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids, creatine and ephedra can pose life threatening health consequences, including high blood pressure, strokes, and heart, liver and kidney disease.

The BlueCross Healthy Competition campaign is directed at young athletes, their families, coaches and trainers. Important information on PEDs, along with educational and promotional supplies, is available at www.healthycompetition.org.

General admission tickets for the fourth annual BlueCross Bowl are $10 and are valid for all games played on the day purchased. Tickets for the event will only be sold on game day.

The BlueCross Bowl games will be aired on the Tennessee Sports Radio Network and televised live by FOX/UPN affiliates across the state. Fans can also listen online at www.tssaa.org.

Below is the BlueCross Bowl schedule (all times CST):

Fri., Dec. 5

3:30 p.m. 1A Championship

7:00 p.m. 2A Championship

Sat., Dec. 6

Noon 3A Championship

3:30 p.m. 4A Championship

7:00 p.m. 5A Championship

About TSSAA

The purpose of the Association is to stimulate and regulate the athletic relations of the secondary schools in Tennessee. Recognizing that the primary objective of all secondary schools is to educate youth, the TSSAA aims to coordinate the athletic and scholastic programs.

The athletic field and gymnasium are classrooms in which teaching is foremost in the development of character, integrity, sportsmanship, and team work. Although the athletic program is associated primarily with physical education and the scholastic program with mental education, one complements the other. For more information on TSSAA, visit www.tssaa.org.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.