Joe Nichols takes on fifth grader
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
– Joe Nichols will take on a team of fifth graders on the celebrity edition of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." Contestants will tackle subjects ranging from geography to social studies in each half-hour segment, with the celebrity contestants playing for their favorite charity. Nichols plays for Camp Barnabas, which is located in southwest Missouri and caters to young people with special needs. His younger sister Kelli has attended the camp for several years.
The "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" series kicked off Sept. 20 with a special country themed-week. Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, Nichols' episode premieres Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CMT.
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