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 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 “Madden” they rattle off the 2019 release date for EA Sports Football 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.
$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