Governor's annual prayer breakfast will feature Tamme

Ex-University of Kentucky football player, now an NFL tight end, to speak

Kentucky Press News Service, Published:

Gov. Steve Beshear and first lady Jane Beshear invite Kentuckians to participate in the 2014 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, to be held Thursday, March 13, at the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky native and current NFL tight end Jacob Tamme will deliver the keynote address.

The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is a long-standing tradition in Kentucky dating back to 1965 and includes representatives of all three branches of government. Each year, this nondenominational gathering provides Kentuckians with an opportunity to give thanks for blessings and ask for strength to lead the state toward a better future. 

“For decades, the prayer breakfast has provided the opportunity for people to slow down for a moment, take a deep breath and reflect on how to personally grow and serve during the upcoming year,” Gov. Beshear said in a news release. “I encourage Kentuckians to join us for this year’s breakfast and share a renewed commitment to our faith and working together to make Kentucky a better place now and for generations to come.”

The special guest speaker at this year’s breakfast is Jacob Tamme, a tight end for the 2014 American Football Conference Champion Denver Broncos. Tamme was born in Danville and went on to play college football at the University of Kentucky and graduated with a masters of business administration before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2008. Tamme has played in two Super Bowls and received many athletic and academic accolades throughout his career, including the prestigious Bobby Bowden Athlete of the Year Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2007. 

Tamme’s family still lives in Kentucky and he keeps strong ties with his hometown, supporting the local community and speaking out about the importance of faith and family in both his personal and professional life. 

He and his wife, Allison, are founders of the “Swings for Soldiers Classic” charity event to benefit wounded soldiers. The money raised from the golf classic goes directly to “Homes for Our Troops,” a program that builds specially adapted homes for wounded veterans. 

In addition to Tamme, the March 13 prayer event will feature music, special readings and a Kentucky Proud breakfast including bacon, sausage, eggs, grits, hash brown casserole and biscuits. 

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $10 each at the door or $125 in advance for a reserved table of 8. For more information about tickets or to a reserve table, go to http://governor.ky.gov/prayerbreakfast.

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  • I am all for people having religious beliefs and worshipping in the church of their choice if they want to, or getting together to eat a nice meal and meet footballer Tamme, but for the Governor's Office to organize and hold The Governor's Prayer Breakfast to offcially "share a renewed commitment to our faith" is a violation of separation of church and state.  They say it is a "nondenominational gathering" which may be true as long as you are a Christian, and it may be supporting a good cause and all, but it is flat out unconstitutional for taxpayers to be supporting a religious event in a public arena.

    At least they all will be eating really healthy food!  Let us prey...