Backroads Sports Network. Just plain sports and nothing else. Up until now, the story is short and sweet. The network launched a mere two months ago in August. “We hit the ground running and we haven’t stopped since,” says Shara Andrews, spokesperson for the network. “ In fact, we are growing faster and bigger and doing more than we ever dreamed of.” The network started only eight weeks ago right here in Destin and the plan is to stream content to more than 500 markets throughout the southeast. “ Backroads Sports Network is changing the big city and backroads markets, showing people what real sports talk looks like and sounds like,” says Andrews

So how did the network start? “Like you,” says Andrews, “we had grown tired of the politics, commercialism and agenda-driven commentary of the likes of ESPN, CBS and FOX. Backroads was born to bring real sports focused content and honest commentary to sports lovers across the southeast from the big cities all the way down to the smallest backroads communities.”

The network handpicked a dream lineup of personalities to bring its mission to life such as Coach Tommy Tuberville, one of the winningest coaches in college football history. Insightful, dynamic and always entertaining, David Seering, Destin’s own, co-hosts the show adding local flavor and some pizzazz. David is an accomplished musician who has played for three presidents, and Andrews says the network is proud to have him on the team. Mike Johnson, former Alabama captain and Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman, offers powerful insights from the players’ point of view. Rachel Baribeau contributes heartfelt and intimate commentary. Scott Moore, The Flash and Rob Brown round out the dynamic team of passionate commentators.

Speaking of passion, the network has very recently giving birth to the Heartbeat of Backroads, a new non-profit organization established for Hurricane Michael Relief. “Heartbeat” was born literally while Hurricane Michael was ravaging our eastern neighbors on the Emerald Coast and is staffed by hundreds of volunteers who give their bodies, brains and sweat to help the victims,” says Andrews. Ever since the aftermath of Michael, truckloads upon truckloads of supplies have been gathered and delivered three times a week to the most ravaged neighborhoods. “We don’t drop off at Emergency Operation Centers,” she says, “we bring the lifeline of supplies directly to the people who are not even able to get to the EOCs. We are serving hot meals and cold drinks. We are clearing peoples yard so they can get out of their driveways. After the initial clean up from Michael is complete, we will continue our journey of help, and transition to repairing and rebuilding houses.” That’s why, she says, the Heartbeat is in great need of volunteers. Please call 850.502.8888 or email heartbeat@wearebackroads.com.

The Heartbeat of Backroads is hosting a benefit concert on Nov. 18th at Boggy Bayou in Niceville, Fl. and is working on an impressive lineup of performers. Please join them and the community for some live music and give to this important cause. ALL money (100%) donated is distributed to the local affected areas in person.

“We are Backroads Sports Network and the Heartbeat of Backroads,” says Andrews. “Join us on our journey to real sports talk and real community service.” For more information on the donations needs or to volunteer, visit HeartbeatOfBackroads.org

Article Published in Destin Life November 2018 issue page 18.