First Play 2013


The Pro Football Hall of Fame cordially invites you and your youth group to be a part of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival as participants in the First Play 2013 event. 

The First Play 2013 event features a three-mile long human chain of area youngsters that will stretch from the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton (201 2nd Street S.W.) where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  More than 1,500 area youths between the ages of six and seventeen are expected to participate in this exciting event. 

By tossing an official NFL football from one participant to the next along the route until it reaches its final destination, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, First Play 2013 officially kicks off the final weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. 
This one-of-kind event will take place on Thursday, August 1, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Following the event, each participant will receive a sandwich courtesy of Chick-fil-A and beverage on the Hall of Fame grounds (serving until 12:30 p.m.).  All participants will also receive a First Play 2013 T-shirt (while supplies last), and free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  Children must be wearing their First Play 2013 T-shirt or have an admission voucher to be admitted in the Hall of Fame without charge.       

Participating youth groups must include adequate adult supervision.  Each group is asked to provide one adult per ten children.  First Play 2013 committee members will be on site to assist in getting groups into place as well as answer any questions, before, during, and after the event. 

In order for us to know more about your organization (i.e. number of children, ages, specific affiliations, etc.) please fill out and return the enclosed form by July 12, 2013, so we can reserve a block for your group.  A meeting will be held for your adult volunteers to meet First Play 2013 committee members.  The meeting time and place will be announced at a later date.  The First Play 2013 event is not just for future NFL quarterbacks.  It’s for everyone!

If your organization missed last year’s event, don’t be left out again.  It was a terrific success and a very enjoyable experience for the young people who participated.  This event was created exclusively for our area youth; let’s give them an opportunity to be a part of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Eshrinement Festival Celebration.  For more information you can contact the Education Department at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, (330) 456-8207 or at

Thank you for your cooperation and participation.

Required For Participation:

Waiver form - Each participant needs to have a parent/guardian fill out and turn in a signed waiver form to a First Play 2013 committee member on the morning of the event. 

Registration Form - This form can be submitted to the Hall of Fame's Educational Staff at or faxed at 330-456-8175.

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