Enshrinement Week Volunteer Committee Descriptions

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce produce 17 major events between May 15 and August 5, 2019. These events rely on 5,000 community volunteers to support them.  Volunteer opportunities range from behind the scenes planning and production to working directly with the Enshrinees and Gold Jackets as Canton hosts hundreds of thousands of guests into our city.

The descriptions below should help you decide which committee matches with your interests, skills and abilities.  If you have any questions, please contact Mark Prosise, Director of Team Development at the Pro Football Hall of Fame mark.prosise@profootballhof.com  or Joanne Murray, Vice President of Community Events & Sponsorships  joannem@cantonchamber.org

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

General Information

         To help you better understand the descriptions, these terms have the following meaning:

  1. “Hall of Famer.”  The term “Hall of Famer” refers to all of the 326 men who have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This includes the Class of 2019.
     
  2.  “Gold Jacket.”  The term “Gold Jacket” refers to the 188 living Hall of Famers who have received a Gold Jacket (including the Class of 2019).  Last year, over 130 Gold Jackets returned to Canton to participate in Enshrinement events.
     
  3. “Enshrinee,” “Enshrinement Class,” or “Class of 2019.” This refers to the eight men who will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.  They are:  Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.
     
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls” refers to all the events celebrating the Enshrinement of the Class of 2019 starting with the Queen & Royal Ambassadors Pageant on May 15th through the Drum Corps International Competition on Monday August 5th.
     
  5. Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls” refers to all the events celebrating the Enshrinement of the Class of 2019 from Wednesday July 31 through Sunday August 4, highlighted by the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony and the Concert for Legends.
     
  6. Event Locations:   The events associated with the enshrinement of the Class of 2019 are spread throughout Stark County.  For reference purposes, the locations are:
  • Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village: 2121 George Halas Drive, NW, Canton, Ohio 44708.  This includes the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and surrounding property making up the Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus.
     
  • Canton Memorial Civic Center:  1101 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio  44702.
     
  • Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College campuses:  Frank Avenue, Canton, Ohio  44720.  Can be accessed off Frank or Dressler Avenue.
     
  • InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field:  375 E. Exchange Street, Akron, Ohio  44304.
  • First Play Route: Includes a 2.5-mile route from the former site of the Hupmobile auto showroom in downtown Canton (where the NFL was founded), through the Canton Parks to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
     
  • Community Parade:  Includes a one-mile route on Market Avenue, starting at 11th Street North and traveling south to 3rd Street.
  • Canton Repository Grand Parade Route.  Includes a 2.2-mile route on Cleveland Avenue, starting at the AEP building at 4th Street South and traveling north to 25th Street.

 

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES

The following volunteer committees are organized by either the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) or the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC).  To join any of these committees, please contact Mark Prosise, Director of Team Development at the Pro Football Hall of Fame mark.prosise@profootballhof.com  or Joanne Murray, Vice President of Community Events & Sponsorships at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce joannem@cantonchamber.org

 

APPRECIATION PARTY (CRCC)

Volunteers provide on-site support for the Annual Volunteer and Sponsorship Recognition Dinner held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.  This includes: assist with set-up, tear down, beverage, snack and ice cream stations, clear tables and trash, check tickets and IDs, and other hospitality duties.  Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.

 

AUTOGRAPH (HOF) 

Volunteers assist fans and Gold Jackets during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Autograph Sessions on August 1st and 3rd at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.  These volunteers must have an outgoing personality who enjoy interactions with the public and must be able to stand during their entire shift.

 

BALLOON CLASSIC & FIREWORKS (CRCC)               

Volunteers assist with vendors, entertainment, beverage service, and pilot hospitality during the Balloon Classic on July 27th, 28th, and 29th at Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College campuses.  This committee also assists in event set-up and teardown. 

 

UP, UP & AWAY 5K (CRCC)

Volunteers assist with this Walk/Race on Saturday, July 27th at the Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College campuses.  Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time to assist with packet pick-up, start and finish-line duties, water stops, awards ceremony, beverage service, and on-course safety/security.   

 

COMMUNICATIONS (CRCC)

Volunteers work behind the scenes to facilitate radio communications at every Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce event between July 21st and August 5th.  Volunteers must be able to volunteer at more than one event. 

 

COMMUNITY PARADE (CRCC)

Volunteers assist the Community Parade on July 21st by helping check-in units, serve as parade route marshal, assist in staging or demarshaling areas.  Volunteers must be able to stand in outside elements during entire shift.

 

CONCERT FOR LEGENDS (HOF)

Volunteers assist guests sitting on the floor of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium attending the Concert for Legends on August 4th.  Volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public and be able to stand in outside elements during entire shift as they greet fans, check floor tickets, affix wristbands and assist guests with seating. 

 

CORPORATE HOST (HOF)

Volunteers drive official HOF vehicles to transport VIP’s to all Pro Football Hall of Fame events, providing VIP treatment, from August 1st – 4th.  Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, have a valid Ohio Driver’s License and pass a background check. 

 

DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (CRCC)

Volunteers assist guests that attend the Drum Corps Competition at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field on August 5th.  This committee assists with public parking, greets patrons and collect tickets, monitors handicapped seating, and helps with passenger services (golf cart transportation for patrons).   

 

ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER (CRCC)

Volunteers assist guests that attend the Enshrinees Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Civic Center on August 2nd.  These volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public as they act as Hosts/hostesses to greet and direct patrons, assist with beverage placement at each place setting, and help sell commemorative steins at the conclusion of the event. 

 

ENSHRINEES’ ROUNDTABLE (CRCC)

Volunteers assist guests that attend the Enshrinees Roundtable at the Canton Civic Center on August 4th.  These volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public as they act as Hosts/hostesses to greet and direct patrons, assist with beverage placement at each place setting, and help sell commemorative “fotoballs” at the conclusion of the event. 

 

ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY (HOF)

Volunteers assist guests sitting on the floor of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium attending the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 3rd. Volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public and be able to stand in outside elements during entire shift as they greet fans, check floor tickets, affix wristbands and assist guests with seating.

 

FAN EXPERIENCE PARTY (HOF)

Volunteers assist guests attending the Fan Experience Parties at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village on August 1st, 2nd and 4th.  Volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public as they are checking tickets and affixing wristbands, bartending, distributing souvenirs and escorting guests to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

 

FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON (CRCC)

Volunteers assist guests attending the Fashion Show Luncheon at the Canton Civic Center on August 2nd.  These volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public as they act as Hostesses to greet and direct patrons and assist with placing programs and gift bags at each place setting. 

 

FIRST PLAY/AMBASSADOR (HOF)

Volunteers coordinate and assist in assembling up to 4000 children along a 2.5-mile route to pass a football from downtown Canton through the Canton Park to the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village on July 31st.  They also assist with the Play Football skills camp at Don Scott Field on July 31st.  These volunteers also escort Gold Jackets to community outreach programs on August 2nd.

 

FOOD (CRCC)

Volunteers work in collaboration with caterers and hostesses (as maître d’s or committee volunteers) to assure successful meal service for all guests at Fashion Show Luncheon and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner on August 2nd and the Enshrinees’ Roundtable on August 4th, all of which are at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

 

THE CANTON REPOSITORY GRAND PARADE (CRCC)

Volunteers assist the Canton Repository Grand Parade on August 3rd by helping with parade seat set-up, serve as parade route marshals, assist in staging or demarshaling areas.  Volunteers must be able to stand in outside elements during entire shift.

 

GUEST SERVICES (HOF)

Volunteers staff the Visitor Information Tents August 1st through August 4th at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.  These volunteers answer questions and provide guests with information concerning all of the week’s events and general community information.  They also act as greeters to welcome guests to Canton at the Akron Canton Airport.

 

HALL OF FAME GAME (HOF)

Volunteers assist in the production and staging of all pregame and halftime elements during the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 1st.   

 

HOSTESS (HOF)

Volunteers escort and assist the Class of 2019 Enshrinees and Presenters for all events and duties while in Canton August 1st through August 4th.  They also provide assistance to all returning Gold Jackets and their wives while in Canton. 

 

HOTEL AMBASSADORS (HOF)

Volunteers staff the Hotel Information Tables August 1st through August 4th at area hotels where Enshrinees Friends and Families are staying.  These outgoing and friendly volunteers assist with times and locations of specific bus travel information for all events and some also act as hosts on the bus transporting them to all events. 

 

QUEEN AND ROYAL AMBASSADORS PAGEANT (CRCC)

Volunteers serve as the liaison/chaperone to the Queen and Royal Ambassadors at their community service projects and official Enshrinement Festival events from May through August.  These volunteers must be at least 25 years old and females are preferred.

 

SECURITY (HOF)

Volunteers provide crowd control and assist in flow of crowds for all events at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village July 31st through August 4th.  They also provide security for Enshrinees and Gold Jackets at their hotel.  This committee requires individuals with an outgoing personality who enjoys dealing with the public, but can be insistent and firm when necessary, always using good judgment. 

 

SECURITY & LOGISTICS (CRCC)

Volunteers provide crowd control and assist in flow of crowds for all events at the Civic Center, the Balloon Classic, both parades and the Drum Corps Competition.  These volunteers must have an outgoing personality who enjoys dealing with the public, but can be insistent and firm when necessary, always using good judgment.  The various indoor and outdoor events run from July 21st through August 5th.

 

SOUVENIRS (CRCC)

Volunteers sell commemorative, official souvenirs at a variety of indoor and outdoor events held July 21st through August 5th.  Dealing with the public and being able to lift boxes of merchandise are a plus. 

 

SPECIAL SERVICES (CRCC)

Volunteers provide support to event committees in areas of hospitality, sponsor and guest check-in and registration at a variety of indoor and outdoor events sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce held July 21st through August 5th.

 

STAGING (CRCC)

Volunteers assist in the set-up and tear down of the events at the Civic Center (Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees’ Roundtable) during the week of July 30th through August 4th.

 

TRANSPORTATION (HOF)

Volunteers drive the 2019 Enshrinement Class, their Presenters and Gold Jackets in Official HOF cars to and from all events during Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls (July 31st – August 4th).   All Transportation Committee members must be at least 25 years old, have a valid Ohio Driver’s License and pass a background check.

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICES (HOF)

Volunteers assist the Hall of Fame staff by processing and distributing committee shirts, credentials, name badges and parking passes.  They also supervise the Volunteer Tent and act as “floater” volunteers for all other committees at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village from July 31st through August 4th.