The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Extreme Networks announced a collaboration which launched a national Madden NFL 22 tournament for kids and teenagers, K-12. The eight-week tournament, which began on September 27th will conclude on December 10th, with the top players advancing to a three-week playoffs tournament, leading to a championship showdown in early February 2022 in conjunction with Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. A separate Super Bowl LVI Exhibition Tournament, also in February, will feature live Madden NFL 22 games with appearances by Pro Football Hall of Famers and other celebrities.
“This new esports program is a tremendous opportunity for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to leverage the world-class Wi-Fi technology from Extreme Networks to engage with students and further their love of football and understanding of the game,” said Pat Lindesmith, the Chief Partnership Officer & Senior Vice President of Gold Jacket Relations at the Hall of Fame. “Generations of fans have learned the game of football through ‘Madden,’ and this edition further strengthens their understanding of the legacy and great history of the game and what the Pro Football Hall of Fame stands for. We could not be happier to grow our partnership with Extreme into the esports world and share the Mission of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with new fans.”
As an added highlight, the Madden NFL 22 Tournament participants will be able to submit clips from their competitions all season long and could be featured on “The Scoreboard,” a live, weekly internet-based show that will recap matches in a format modeled after the major sports networks’ studio shows. Top prizes for tournament participants include tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022’s Enshrinement and the 2022 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, admission tickets to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and an appearance by a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the school of the tournament winner.
The Hall’s video conferencing and collaboration capabilities rely on Extreme’s networking solutions, enabling the Hall to extend its reach through virtual events. In 2021, the Hall’s Youth & Education Team used Extreme’s technology to support outreach to a record number of participants across the country through such programs as “Heart of a Hall of Famer” and “Before the Snap.” Extreme and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are focused on bringing innovative programming to students across the country.
(All information was provided by The Pro Football Hall of Fame)