Most sports grow out of a simple formula—ball plus stick, ball plus kick, or car plus explosion. Meet the men who have mastered all three with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to an ESPN "Lunch with a Legend" Series event, sponsored by Sportz Partnerz (a $44 value). Luncheons are held at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the following Rudy's "Country Store" and Bar-B-Q locations: June 9–11 in Denton, June 14–17 in Arlington, and June 22–25 in Frisco.
Hosted by former Dallas Cowboys Jay Novacek and Kevin Smith, Sportz Partnerz's ESPN "Lunch with a Legend" events invite fans to meet, greet, and eat with a selection of NFL players and veterans in private luncheons with no more than 100 attendees. Rudy's chefs barbecue infinite amounts of brisket, sausage, and chicken to fuel mingling among fans and football stars. The intimate event allows lunchers to get close enough to smell the fame for 90 minutes of posing for photographs, listening to NFL stories, and snagging barbecue-sauce-smeared autographs. The roster of NFL guests will vary by day and location, and a complete list will be available upon registration.
Attendees also receive 2011 Sportz Partnerz membership cards, which grant access to future events including an invitation to the 2011 "Ballin with the Boys" event, featuring a slew of famous Cowboys alumni. Additionally, Sportz Partnerz bestows every attendee with a half-off voucher to ESPN's Summer Youth Training Days, where aspiring athletes can train in the athletic arts, including hand-shaking fundamentals for their own future meet-and-greets. The proceeds of "Lunch with a Legend" events go to Dallas-area youth athletics programs.