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Volunteer Committees

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce produce 18 major events from July 21 through August 4, 2024. These events rely on 2,500 community volunteers to support them. Volunteer opportunities range from behind the scenes planning and production to working directly with the Enshrinees and Hall of Famers as Canton hosts hundreds of thousands of guests in 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.

Please note that all dates listed in these descriptions are tentative.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will be finalizing these events and dates as soon as possible.

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 the 371 men who have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This does not include the members of the Class of 2024, who will be enshrined on August 3rd, 2024.
  2. “Enshrinee,” “Enshrinement Class,” or “Class of 2024.” This refers to the men elected to the Class of 2024 and who will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 3rd, 2024. The members of the Class of 2024 will be announced on Thursday, February 8th, 2024.
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival” refers to all the events celebrating the Enshrinement of the Class of 2024 starting with the Community Parade on July 21st and concluding with the Concert for Legends on Sunday, August 4th.
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week” refers to all the events celebrating the Enshrinement of the Class of 2024 from Wednesday July 31st through Sunday, August 4th, highlighted by the Hall of Fame Game, Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2024 and the Concert for Legends.
  5. Event Locations: The events associated with the enshrinement of the Class of 2024 are spread throughout Stark County.  For reference purposes, the locations are:
  • 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, the Center for Performance, the Center for Excellence 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.
  • 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 steps of 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
  • 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

Volunteer Committee Descriptions

The following volunteer committees are organized by either the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) or Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF).

  • To join a CRCC or HOF committee please complete the applications below:

APPRECIATION PARTY (CRCC)

Volunteers provide on-site support for the annual Volunteer and Sponsor Recognition Party held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on (Date TBD).  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 18 years of age.

AUTOGRAPH (HOF)

Volunteers assist fans and Hall of Famers during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Autograph Sessions.  The Class of 2024 Autograph session is Thursday, August 1st and the returning Hall of famers autograph session is Saturday, August 3rd. 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 (CRCC)             

Volunteers assist with vendors, entertainment, beverage service, and pilot hospitality during the Balloon Classic on July 26th, 27th and 28th 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 4th.  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 featuring Carrie Underwood on Sunday, 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 Enshrinement Festival events, providing VIP treatment, from July 31st through August 4th. Volunteers must be at least 25 years old, have a valid Ohio Driver’s License and pass a background check.

ENSHRINEES’ GOLD JACKET DINNER (CRCC)

Volunteers assist guests that attend the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial 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 Memorial 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 footballs 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 of the Class of 2024 on Saturday, 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 the Hall of Fame Village on August 1st and 3rd.  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 Memorial Civic Center on Friday, 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 Stadium Park to the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 31st. They also assist with the Play Football skills camp at Don Scott Field on July 31st. These volunteers also escort Hall of Famers 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 Ceremony on August 2nd and the Enshrinees’ Roundtable on August 4th, all of which are at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

FAN FEST (HOF)

Volunteers will assist guests attending the free Pop-Up Concert located on the Pro Football Hall of Fame grounds in front of the museum on August 3rd. Duties include Escorting Hall of Famers attending the concert as well as providing overall guest services to the guests at the concert.  Volunteers should enjoy interacting with the public and must be able to stand during their entire shift.

THE CANTON REPOSITORY GRAND PARADE (CRCC)

Volunteers assist the Canton Repository Grand Parade on Saturday, 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 Zones August 1st through August 4th at Hall of Fame Village and the Stark County Fairgrounds.  These volunteers answer questions and provide guests with information concerning all of the week’s events and general community information.

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 Thursday, August 1st.

HOSTESS (HOF)

Volunteers escort and assist the Class of 2024 Enshrinees and Presenters for all events and duties while in Canton July 31st through August 4th.  They also provide assistance to all returning Hall of Famers and their wives while in Canton. 

HOTEL AMBASSADORS (HOF)

Volunteers staff the Hotel Information Tables August 1st through August 3rd 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.

SECURITY (HOF)

Volunteers provide crowd control and assist in flow of crowds for all events at Hall of Fame Village July 31st through August 4th.  They also provide security for Enshrinees and Hall of Famers 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 Canton Memorial Civic Center, the Balloon Classic and both parades.  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 4th.

SOUVENIRS (CRCC)

Volunteers sell commemorative, official souvenirs at a variety of indoor and outdoor events held July 21st through August 4th.  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 4th.

STAGING (CRCC)

Volunteers assist in the set-up and tear down of the events at the Canton Memorial Civic Center (Fashion Show Luncheon, Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner, and Enshrinees’ Roundtable) during the week of July 29th through August 4th.

TRANSPORTATION (HOF)

Volunteers drive the 2024 Enshrinement Class, their Presenters and all Hall of Famers in Official HOF cars to and from all events during Enshrinement Week (July 31st through 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 Hall of Fame Village from August 1st through August 4th.

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