The 2018 PFHOF Academy featured hundreds of elite youth athletes mixing it up and improving their game in the birthplace of football. Between July 10th-19th, athletes participated in various 3-day programs that featured elite coaches, on-field sessions, classroom learning and character development seminars to transform football players in better athletes and people. The first session (July 10th-12th) was made up of the High School and the Elite Specialist group. High school players spent time with former NFL Legends like Rod Woodson and Gus Frerotte. The on-field sessions consisted of competitive drills, technique training & rigorous performance testing ranking players in the 40 yard dash, vertical and broad jump, 3 cone drill and flexibility.

The Middle School and Young Guns session (July 13th – July 15th) included classroom session, on-field session, performance evaluation and seminars. During this session, the campers were able to meet Trey Hodge, an 11-year old brain cancer survivor who was given the chance to get into the action and play some football. Read his story here!

The International & Rising Stars Academy session (July 17th – July 19th) was a huge success this year and showcased athletes from more than 19 countries. Athletes came from Asia & Europe to work on their game and learn from the best coaching staff in America. The Academy’s elite coaching staff, featuring both NFL Gold Jacket athletes and current/former NFL coaches such as Rod Woodson, Josh Malone, Braxton Miller and Chuck Bresnahan. This group also witness a special moment when 12 year old brain cancer survivor, Kente Binford. He was able to score a touchdown with the handoff coming from Braxton Miller, where the group erupted in support! Read his story here! 

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The NFL Play 60 event took place this past Friday at the Hall of Fame Sports Complex. Held by The Jersey Dairy Cattle Convention, kids of all ages made way to the sport fields and were excited to get outside and play a variety of games. During the event Jamel White, former Browns player, and Lomas Brown, former Lions player, encouraged everyone to get outside and play!

Jamel White said to the kids, “When we played at that high level of playing, we were forced to take care of our bodies. When we were younger we got outside and we played! Now, this means everyone has to that put down those iPads, stop texting, stop snapchatting, playing Fortnite and go outside! You guys are going to have to start going outside without your parents telling you to go outside.”

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Canton McKinley high school held the “Camp of Champions” on June 25th- 26th. More than one hundred first-through-eighth grade campers were coached by 35 volunteers.

The camp gave these athletes a chance to experience combine style testing on the first day along with an inside look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Tom Benson Stadium. On the field, the campers from the Camp of Champions ran through a variety of drills that helped them with their defensive and offensive positioning. On the final day, campers enjoyed a mix of on the field competitions with winners receiving some Bulldog gear.

Dan Reardon, Head Coach of the Bulldogs said “It’s always fun to see the young kids coming out and participating in the sport. It’s great to see them go through the drills, get better and have fun with at the same time!”

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When you ask most kids about the name “John Madden” they rattle off the 2019 release date for EA Sports Football’s video game, but the name behind the game means so much more to the history of football. John Madden’s career consisted of being an NFL coach (18 years) and football broadcaster earning him a Gold Jacket and 2006 induction to the  Pro Football Hall of Fame. With this popularity, comes a hectic travel schedule, even for this 82 year old who still roams from event to event in the “MaddenCruiser”.

This past weekend at the Hall of Fame Sports Complex a group of young athletes from the Diamond Sports Group got quite the surprise- a first hand tour of the original cruiser. The athlete’s toured the inside in its original condition with vintage upholstery, electronics and living area. They also heard stories of the past from Maddens personal bus driver featuring A-List guests, fan mobbings and how they accrued more than 80k miles per year.

The bus will now be displayed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame so visitors can get an inside look into Madden’s legacy. As one athlete from the Diamond Sports Group said “it was cool to see the name behind the game that we all play!”

 

Walsh University brought their 2018 Prospect Camp to the HOF Village on June 14th. The camp gave more than 100 local athletes the chance to work hands-on with the Walsh University coaching staff as well as the opportunity to be evaluated by multiple Division I, II and III schools.

Minnesota Head Coach, P.J Fleck, made an appearance at the camp to assess players and give some words of advice during the recruiting process. Coach Fleck left the players by saying, “If you surround yourself with elite people, you will accomplish elite things.”

 

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For more than two months now, Canton Parks and Recreation teamed up with The NFL Flag Football League & Hall of Fame Sports Complex to compete. The youth program provided over 40 athletes the chance to play in a 5 vs. 5, non-contact, competitive and fun environment. 

The championship game took place on June 12th at Tom Benson stadium. After a long, hard fought season, the Browns and Patriots came out with the win!

 

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Don’t have plans for Father’s Day yet? Think again… The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Sports Complex would like to invite all dads and kids to their “Day Out With Dad” initiative.

On June 23rd from 9:00am-11:00am dads and kids will have the opportunity to interact with Gold Jackets Randy Moss and Anthony Muñoz. There will be football skills and drills with Randy Moss, along with a lunch voucher from Chick-fil-A. Within the admission cost there will be a self-guided tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and free parking. The first 100 registered will receive a Limited-Edition Commemorative Photo of Randy Moss. Tickets are pre sale only and sales will end on Wednesday, June 20th at noon.

Admission

$38 – 1 Dad (Adult) and up to 4 Children (12 yrs old and under)

$25 – Additional Adult (13 yrs and older)

$18 – Additional Child (12 yrs old and under)

No other coupons or discounts may be applied

Check in will begin at 8:00am

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