by Pro Football Hall of Fame
PROGRAMMING AROUND THE VALUES OF THE GAME TO IMPACT THE LIVES OF OTHERS; LETTER FROM HALL OF FAME PRESIDENT DAVID BAKER
CANTON, OHIO – The Pro Football Hall of Fame today launched #HuddleUpAmerica, a campaign focused on lessons and values learned from the game of football and how they apply to life.
In a symbolic gesture, the Hall of Fame’s campus was decorated this morning with more than 300 American flags, provided through the generous support of the local Jackson Township Rotary, as a sign of unity to bring all Americans together. The Hall of Fame and its important Mission to “Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE”serves as the foundation to #HuddleUpAmerica. The Hall of Fame’s campaign that will carry through the NFL’s Centennial Celebration in 2020 and beyond, encourages an open dialog and honest discussion around the values learned from the Game such as commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence.
For more than a year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been working on programming for #HuddleUpAmerica to impact people’s lives. The Hall of Fame, in collaboration with RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress, is planning community forums hosted by Hall of Famers across the country. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is also preparing The Game for Life Academy that accredits and supports coaches, officials and parents in the positive character development of players. Additional programming is being developed by the Hall of Fame through its Center for EXCELLENCE as it prepares for a great celebration of the history, popularity, future, and impact of America’s favorite sport when the NFL’s centennial is celebrated in Canton, the league’s birthplace, on Sept. 17, 2020.
In an open letter to all football fans, Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker shared the following:
The Mission of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “To Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.”
It’s time to stand together! It’s time to #HuddleUpAmerica.
Our great game teaches us the concept of “TEAM” (Together Everyone Achieves More). In the sanctity of the huddle, we learn, that despite our differences, there isn’t anything WE can’t work through together if we “huddle up” with respect for each other, listen to each other and talk it through together.
The huddle is a magical and special place of trust (video): https://profootballhof.box.com/s/mxue82ri89hoqx70bduoihhqn0l0wn1y.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has, for some time, been developing a campaign called #HuddleUpAmerica to unite people and work through issues that are important to our families, communities and country. To stand for our flag. To stand for “free speech.” To “hear” and help those crying out. To honor those who fought for our flag AND our freedoms. To teach our children love and respect for each other. We are all one team. We are, together, Team America.
Rather than divide, we can unite. Instead of tearing people down, we will build them up. Instead of spreading fear, anger and hate; we can, and will, inspire hope, trust and love.
The Hall of Fame and our Hall of Famers promote the many values learned from the Game like commitment, integrity, courage, respect and excellence. These values not only make someone a great football player but are also the same values that make someone a great businessperson, or, a great cellist in the symphony, first responder or soldier, or a great parent. These are values and virtues that yield a great community, and, ultimately, a great country.
Together, we can make our neighborhoods safer. We can help law enforcement get closer to the communities they serve. We can support our troops and veterans. We can honor our elderly. We can heal those victimized by social injustice. We can educate our children. We can do anything when we #HuddleUpAmerica.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame and our Hall of Famers look forward to making a difference in the lives of others and invite everyone to #HuddleUpAmericaand live a “Hall of Fame Life.”
For more information, go to www.ProFootballHOF.com/Huddle-Up-America.