CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — On August 27, chants of “go, fight, win” will fill the air at high school football fields across the state as teams begin their bid for the BlueCross Bowl crown, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division I Football Championships.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee sponsors the bowl games, which will be held at Middle Tennessee State University’s Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dec. 3-4.

“We wish these young athletes, their coaches and their schools the best of luck as they begin their seasons,” said Scott Wilson, BlueCross Bowl project manager. “And we remind them to play safe and compete healthy by avoiding performance-enhancing drugs.”

The healthy competition message at this year’s BlueCross Bowl takes on added importance as the world of both professional and amateur sports have been plagued by recent doping investigations involving Balco Laboratories in San Francisco.

Elite athletes from the worlds of major league baseball, professional boxing and the NFL have been subpoenaed along with more than a dozen Olympic track and field competitors.

“Potential steroid use by leading sports figures sends a dangerous message to young athletes who look to them as role models,” Wilson said. “We must continue to educate youth about the dangers of these substances and celebrate their healthy, drug-free victories.”

BlueCross encourages drug-free and safe play through the Healthy Competition campaign, designed to inform young athletes, their families, coaches and trainers about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

For more information on the Healthy Competition campaign and performance-enhancing drugs, visit www.healthycompetition.org.

General admission tickets for the fifth annual BlueCross Bowl are $10 and are valid for all games played on the day purchased. Tickets for the event will be available 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):

Friday, Dec. 3:

3:30 p.m. 1A Championship

7 p.m. 2A Championship

Saturday, Dec. 4:

12 p.m. 3A Championship

3:30 p.m. 4A Championship

7 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 <a href=http://"www.tssaa.org">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.