Department of Defense Education Activity

Hall of Fame Academy Conducts Football Training with Fort Knox High School

For Immediate Release — July 25, 2018 | Ft. Knox MHS

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — July 25, 2018 — The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy will host a football training with Fort Knox High School (FKHS) July 25-27 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The Academy will feature testing, on-field training, and classroom work. The athletes and parents will attend several breakout sessions on peak performance, football IQ and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Values through the ‘Game for Life’ program. The Academy rarely travels, however, it saw that FKHS had a special team.

“This Hall of Fame road trip was inspired by the Fort Knox football team whose parents often serve abroad during football season defending America and often move from base to base every year with their children,” said Richard McGuinness, Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy Director. “This football team has a proud football tradition and now has a new head coach. We wanted to do our part to provide these athletes the best training in the world to help their football journey and also show our special thanks to this great military community who serve our country every day.”

Every year, the Academy tests, trains and showcases the world’s top football talent from youth level to the NFL in Canton, Ohio at the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, the emerging 800-million-dollar football complex. The world-class testing and training are led by former NFL Coaches and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson.

Top athletes are then selected to several national showcase events before national scouts led by former NFL General Manager, Ray Farmer, and National Collegiate Scout, Gary Howard. The Academy is run by Richard McGuinness, who created the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on NBC but sold his interest in his previous company to re-imagine football with the Pro Football Hall of Fame team.

"This is amazing and unique opportunity for the student-athletes in the Fort Knox Football program,” said Charles “Wes” Arnold, the Fort Knox High School Football Coach. “Our players are going to get top-notch instruction and coaching from some of the best coaches the NFL has to offer. We are so grateful to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy for coming down and putting this on for our players, and giving them an opportunity to be a part of something that few will ever get to experience. I hope our players come away with a great lasting memory of this event and also build their skill sets to help propel us to a successful football season."

Fort Knox has a proud tradition of high school football since 1953. FKHS is a 3-time State Champion in 1983, 1988, 1990, and 2-time state runner-up.


To arrange for press credentials to cover Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy July 27 from 8 to 10 a.m., please contact the Fort Knox Garrison Public Affairs Office:

Kyle Hodges
Phone: (502) 624-3051