On Friday, November 23rd, 2018 the 14th Football Championship is coming to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village National Youth Football and Sports Complex.

DYMES Inc. will be hosting the tournament which will feature at least 40 teams from across the midwest. This two day event will consist of over 35 games among athletes ages 6 to 14 years old. An award ceremony will take place on the fields after each Championship Game.

“This is a one of a kind youth football tournament that is held in the Hall of Fame City and the Mecca of Football which celebrates football history” said Keith Nicholas, Tournament Director.

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On Friday, November 16th, 2018 the 2018 Great Lakes Fall College Showcase is coming to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village National Youth Football and Sports Complex.

Cleveland Alliance Soccer Association will be hosting the showcase which will feature 32 teams from across the midwest. This three day event will consist of over 50 games amongst men and women U15 through 13U Divisions. On Saturday evening, there will be a premier college combine for individual players.

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On Saturday, November 10th, 2018 the 4th Annual Gridiron Classic is coming to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village National Youth Football and Sports Complex.

Gridiron Football will be hosting the tournament which will feature 40 teams from across the state of Ohio. This two day event will consist of over 20 games amongst the 7U through 13U Divisions. An award ceremony will take place on the fields after each Championship Game.

“This is a one of a kind youth football tournament that is held in the Hall of Fame City and the Mecca of Football” said Keith Nicholas, Tournament Director.

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On Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 the 8th Annual Graveyard 7v7 Lacrosse Tournament is coming to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex.

Big Dog Lacrosse with be hosting the tournament which will feature 110 teams from across the state of Ohio. This two day event will consist of over 200 games across the Bantam, Youth, Middle School and High School Divisions. Food trucks will be on site to provide athletes with snacks and meals throughout the day.

“It provides a great opportunity for all teams, regardless of playing ability, to enjoy an awesome event where they can be competitive and have a lot of fun. ” said Jim and Jennifer Davis, Directors of Big Dog Lacrosse.

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On Sunday, October 7th, 2018 the 9th Annual ‘Crosse Out Cancer is coming to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex.

Crosse Out Cancer is a large lacrosse college showcase featuring 20+ teams across the male & female game. Athletes arrive from DI, DII & DIII programs are are paired up on the field to show their talents, have fun and make a difference in the community.  This one day event will consist of over 20 games and the goal for this year is to raise over $20,000. To date, Crosse Out Cancer has raised over $155,000 in support of breast cancer research. Four food trucks will be on site which include, Betty’s Burgers, Sweet Spot, Sauced (mobile wood fired oven) and Momma Wade’s Smokehouse.

The showcase will be held on all four fields at the sports complex. “This is a great day for Burning River and our community to have the support of a world class site like Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village sports complex,” said Woody Calleri, Director. “Their support of our ‘Crosse out Cancer!’ event is proof of their commitment to finding a cure for breast cancer.”

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This fall the Canton Parks and Recreation teamed up with The NFL Flag Football League & Hall of Fame Sports Complex to provide local youth the chance to play in a competitive flag league. The youth program will provide more than 60 athletes the chance to play in a 5 vs. 5, non-contact, competitive and fun environment. The practices will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at the turf fields and each athlete will receive a reversible jersey and an official NFL FLAG belt.

This league will allow youth athletes to get active while learning lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

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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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NFL Play 60: Encouraging the Community

The community was encouraged to play outside at the NFL Play 60

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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Football Training for McKinley at the Camp of Champions

Football training with younger kids at the PFHOF

The HOF Village recently hosted 35 coaches and more than one hundred athletes who experienced football training, including combine-style testing at the McKinley Camp of Champions June 25th-26th.

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!”

Huddle at the PFHOF football training

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A Blast From the Past: John Madden Cruiser


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!”