Game of Hope Classic/KIDS Fun Zone

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An amazing day of fun and basketball for the entire family – and all for a great cause!

Wrap Up Story: Shields earns MVP in annual Game of Hope Classic (By: Greg Gulas, Vindicator)

Game of Home Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s KIDS Fun Zone Brochure

The Game of Hope Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone is more than a great basketball game – it’s a total family experience with pre-game fun and activities for the whole family. There will be food, mascots, dance squads, inflatables and games when the doors open at 1:00pm.

And when the game starts at 3:00pm fans will see two teams comprised of community leaders, elected officials and members of the media go at each other in a highly competitive (but still friendly) battle on the court. Celebrity coaches will be calling the plays of what has become one of the most enjoyable and greatly anticipated matchups in the community.

In the past, participants included members of Congress, State Senators and Representatives, the Ohio Attorney General, a former Major League Baseball player, Athletic Directors, Mayors from a variety of cities, UAW leaders, Presidents of Education Associations, Representatives from General Motors Lordstown, Ohio Local Union members/leaders and various other community leaders from the region.
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Doors open at 1:00pm. Game starts at 3:00pm!
Beeghly Center, Youngstown State University

Mark Cole Agency’s KIDS Fun Zone February 8, 2015
1-3pm
List of events are TBD

Sponsorship: A Great Investment in Kids and the Community!
When you partner with The Hope Foundation as a sponsor for this amazing event your company not only benefits from the exposure, you will be recognized as someone who is committed to our community and its children in need of support.

In addition to the satisfaction you will receive from investing in kids, your name will be attached to a wonderful event that draws hundreds of people from around the region.

Get involved today! Fill out the sponsorship form, choose your level of support and become part a legendary event with a special purpose.

Donations are always welcome! No gift is too large or too small and all are appreciated.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Presenter ($4,000) (Estimated value $10,000)

  • Company logo and name on all sponsor signage, publicity & promotional materials
  • Potential TV client base on Armstrong Cable, PTV & Local on Demand Channels (Time Warner & Armstrong 
Cable), which is played for almost 3-4 months on the PTV and Armstrong Local Channels (all tentative)
  • Logo and audio mention on all promo spots as Presented by
  • Four :30 television commercials during the broadcast (company provides or a production can be made at an additional charge) (Exception: Armstrong Cable)
  • Prominent banner placement, along the arena, or a logo placed on the court while the game is being taped/played
  • Live interview with company representative with our Play-by-Play announcer
  • Live interview with media (tentative)
  • Spokesperson donating a check to The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley during the game
  • Logo on the T-shirt jerseys worn by the players & your name on the front of T-shirts thrown to the crowd and given to sponsors of the event (120 est.)
  • Table at Mark Cole Agency’s:KIDS Fun Zone to hand out information
  • Full-page, full-color ad in program
  • Fifty (50) Game of Hope Classic/KIDS Fun Zone tickets
  • Table of Eight at the Wine for Hope on Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ Antone’s Banquet Centre

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Co-Presenter ($2,000) (Estimated value $8,000)

  • Company logo and name on all sponsor signage, publicity & promotional materials and website (excluding billboards)
  • Potential TV client base on Armstrong Cable, PTV & Local on Demand Channels (Time Warner & Armstrong 
Cable), which is played for almost 3-4 months on the PTV and Armstrong Local Channels (all tentative)
  • Logo and audio mention on all promo spots as Co-presented by
  • Two :30 television commercials during the broadcast (company provides or a production can be made at an additional charge) (Exception: Armstrong Cable)
  • Your company’s logo in the upper corner during the broadcast
  • Banner placement, along the arena, or a logo placed on the court while the game is being taped/played
  • Live interview with media (tentative)
  • Company acknowledgement during the game broadcast
  • Spokesperson donating a check to The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley during the game
  • Logo on the T-shirt jerseys worn by the players & your name on the front of T-shirts thrown to the crowd and given to sponsors of the event (120 est.)
  • Table at Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone to hand out information
  • Full-page, full-color ad in program
  • Forty (40) Game of Hope Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone tickets
  • Four (4) Wine for Hope tickets on Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ Antone’s Banquet Centre

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Corporate ($1,000) (Estimated value $5,000)

  • Company logo and name on all sponsor signage, publicity & promotional materials and website (excluding billboards)
  • Potential TV client base on Armstrong Cable, PTV & Local on Demand Channels (Time Warner & Armstrong 
Cable), which is played for almost 3-4 months on the PTV and Armstrong Local Channels (all tentative)
  • One :30 television commercials during the broadcast (company provides or a production can be made at an additional charge) (Exception: Armstrong Cable)
  • Banner placement at the game
  • Your name on the front of the T-shirts thrown to the crowd and given to sponsors of the event (120 est.)
  • Table at Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone to hand out information
  • Full-page, black & white ad in program
  • Thirty (30) Game of Hope Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone tickets
  • Two (2) Wine for Hope tickets on Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ Antone’s Banquet Centre

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Full Court ($500)

  • Company logo on website
  • Business logo on a banner
  • Your name on the back of the T-shirts thrown to the crowd and given to sponsors of the event (120 est.)
  • Full-page, black & white ad in program
  • Fifteen (15) Game of Hope Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone tickets
  • Two (2) Wine for Hope tickets on Saturday, April 25, 2015 @ Antone’s Banquet Centre

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Half Court ($250)

  • Company logo on website
  • Full-page, black & white ad in program
  • Eight (8) Game of Hope Classic/Mark Cole Agency’s: KIDS Fun Zone tickets

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Program Ad Only (B/W-PDF or JPG):

  • Full-page Ad $100: (5.5” x 8 1/2”)
  • Half-page Ad $75: (5.5” x 4”)
  • Quarter-page Ad $35: (2.75” x 4”)

Note: Please email your logo, in Vector format (.ai or .eps), or a high-resolution .jpg, and all ads to size, to avspano@hopemv.org for use in materials.  

Event Photos

Sponsors

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Awards 

Custom Awards Trophy

The Custom Awards & Gift Trophy promotes the spirit of the game and is awarded to the coach whose team wins the Game of Hope Classic/KIDS Fun Zone. The winning coach’s name gets inscribed on the base of the trophy, and the trophy remains in the coach’s possession for the rest of the year.

Past Winners

2015 Team Hope (Honorary Coach: John Gocala, Jr. – Boardman Police Department)
2014 Team Hope (Honorary Coach: John Gocala, Jr. – Boardman Police Department)
2013 Team Davis
2012 Team Davis
2011 Team Ryan
2010 Team Pegg
2009 Team Graham
2008 Phi Tau’s
2007 All Stars
2006 All Stars
2005 Phi Tau’s

Crowe’s Cabinet Most Valuable Player Award

The Game of Hope Classic/KIDS Fun Zone has added the Crowe’s Cabinet Most Valuable Player Award. This award is for the player that shows his/her exceptional plays on the court and will be chosen at the end of the game.

Past Winners

2015 Jessica Fields – Youngstown Police Department
2014 Chad Gifford – Abraxas by Workbridge
2014 Curtis Ingram – Austintown Township Police Department
2013 Brian Palmer – Mahoning County High School
2012 Matt Morrone – Assistant Athletic Director, YSU
2011 John Gocala, Jr. – Team Anderson
2011 Felix Wright – Team Ryan
2010 Adam Tokash – Covidien Sports Medicine
2009 Felix Wright – Former Player for the Cleveland Browns
2008 Brandon LcLendon – Phi Kappa Tau Member
2007 Nick Graham – Prosecutor for the City of Warren

Watch the Game on TV

The game will be broadcast by tape delay numerous times over the months following the game.

 

Past Players

The Game of Hope Classic is a very diverse event and organization. The selection of special guests is decided in a straightforward manner. We choose people from all walks of life & diverse back rounds; from community leaders, safety forces, politicians and all the way to local management.

2014

MC/PA Announcers Thomas John, ClearChannel Radio, Youngstown
National Anthem Cortney MacKay
TV Play-by-play Announcer Bob Hannon, CEO, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
TV Play-by-play Announcer Marc Means, City View Sportcast

 

Team Hope

 

Honorary Head Coach John Gocala, Jr Boardman Police Department (Cancer Survivor)
Assistant Coach Larry Rizer, Mahoning County Masco Workshop
Honorary Owner Steve Jones, Steven C Jones Agency (State Farm)

 

Players

 

Kevin Moyer Commercial Loan Officer, 1st National Community Bank
Thomas Seifert: Graphic Designer, Minuteman Press, Youngstown
Chad Gifford Case Manager, Abraxas by Workbridge
Lisa Modelski Physical Therapist, Mahoning County Education Service Center
Felix Wright Former Cleveland Browns Player (unable to attend)
Kevin Connelly Sports Reporter, The Vindicator
George Dimos Owner, TanFastic Tanning Salon
Brian McConnell NEOEA/Teacher, Niles City Schools
Larry Coston UAW Local 1714
Lefty Hazimihalis VP, Creekside Mortgage Services
JD Dignan Commander, 910th Airlift Wing
Catherine Cerone Nominate A Player Honorary Award/President, Struthers Rotary Community Corps

 

Team Aspire

 

Honorary Coach Jim Davis, Austintown Township Trustee
Assistant Coach Roy Hanna, Goodies Mediterranean Grill
Honorary Owner Mark Cole, Mark Cole Agency (American National Insurance)

 

Players

 

Shawn Jordan WKBN/WYTV
Ryan Martino Co-Driver & Race Engineer, Martino Motorsports
Rob Komara Manager, Komara Jewelers
Cristina Esparra Loan Specialist, Home Savings and Loan Company
Patrick Ginnetti Mahoning County Engineer & Sanitary Engineer
Mike Galle Vice President/GM, Hollywood Casino at Mahoning Valley
Michael Cox Youngstown Police Department
Curtis Ingram Austintown Township Police Department
John Pascarella Nominate A Player Honorary Award/Teacher, Struthers City Schools
Chris Jaskweicz President, VEC, Inc.
Debbie Gaggino Owner, ClassRoom Aerobics & Training Studios
Mike Tucker UAW Local 1112

2013

MC/PA Announcers Chrissy Patrick, MIX 98.9 Morning Show
National Anthem Cortney MacKay

 

Team Davis

 

Honorary Head Coach Jim Davis, Austintown Township Trustee & The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Board of Trustee
Assistant Coach Eric Schippers Sr., Vice President, Penn National Gaming, Inc.
Assistant Coach Harry Dampf, Marine Corp League Detachment 494
Honorary Owner Leo Connelly, Jr., Mahoning County Veteran Services Commission

 

Players

 

Nick Graham Assistant Law Director, City of Warren
Don Muth UAW Local 1112
Tom Seifert Graphic Designer, Minuteman Press
Eric Shuster General Manager, V&M STAR
Joe Schiavoni State Senate (33rd District of Ohio)
Stacie Cepin Austintown School District
Brian Householder GBS Corporation
Ryan Martino Martino Motorsports
Brian Palmer Teacher, Mahoning County High School
Jacob Harver Owner, Lemon Grove

 

Team Johnson

Honorary Coach Bill Johnson, Congressman (6th District of Ohio)
Assistant Coach Chris Jaskiewicz, COO, Evets Oil and Gas Construction
Assistant Coach Mark Brungard, Poland School District
Honorary Owner Marlin Palich, Northwood Realty

 

Players

Joe Aulisio WKBN/WYTV 27
Christian Reinhart Owner, O’Donolds Irish Pub
Craig Hannon Girard School District
Jeff Morris Director, Penn National Gaming
Lisa Modelski Mahoning County Educational Service Center
Dana Sulonen Sports Editor, Tribune Chronicle
Steve Jones Steven C Jones Agency – State Farm In. Co.
Andre Taylor Twinsburg School District (NEOEA)
Mark Masterson Jr. UAW Local 1714
Ryan McGehee 93.3 The Wolf

 

2012

MC/PA Announcers Chrissy Patrick, MIX 98.9
National Anthem Sara Turner, Recording Artist
TV Play-by-play Announcer Bob Hannon, CEO, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
TV Play-by-play Announcer Chad Krispinsky, My Valley Sports
Sideline Reporter Lauren Lindvig (WFMJ Morning Anchor)

 

Team Boney

Honorary Head Coach Stan Boney, WYTV News Anchor
Assistant Coach Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President (YSU)
Honorary Owner Frank Frattaroli, Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant

Players

Frank J. Lellio Jr. Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home
Joe Schiavoni State Senate (33rd District of Ohio)
John Gocala Jr. Boardman Police Department
Ken Johnson V&M Star
Mary DeGenaro Judge, Seventh District Court of Appeals
Nick Graham City of Warren
Pete Esparra HM Partners, Nominate A Player Honoree
Ray Housteau The Amazing Race, Season 7
Stacie Cepin Austintown Local Schools
Timmy Bowser YSU Student
Tom Seifert Minuteman Press

 

Team Davis

Honorary Coach Jim Davis, Austintown Township Trustee & The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Board of Trustee
Assistant Coach Dr. Laura Meeks (President, Eastern Gateway Community College)
Honorary Owner Rey Esparra, GBS Computers

 

Players

Amy Nilsson Howland Local Schools
Andrew Scarmack Austintown Local Schools
Bob Wolleben CEO, Trumbull Memorial Hospital
Chris Jaskiewicz Evets Oil and Gas Construction
Deana Shade-Housteau The Amazing Race, Season 7
Dorothy Bowers-Collins Eastern Gateway Community College
George Dimos TanFastic Tanning Salon
Jeff Ryznar Phizzle, Inc
Matt Morrone YSU Athletics
Shawn Jordan My Valley Sports

2011

MC/PA Announcers Chrissy Patrick, MIX 98.9
Pre-Ceremonies Fr. Greg Maturi & Reverend George Murry, Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown
TV Play-by-play Announcer Bob Hannon, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
TV Play-by-play Announcer Jim Graham, UAW Local 1112
Sideline Reporter Kate O’Donovan, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

 

Team Anderson

Honorary Coach Dr. Cynthia Anderson, President-YSU
Assistant Coach Frank Frattaroli, Belleria Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Honorary Owner John Gulas, President/CEO, Farmers National Bank

 

Players

Adam Tokash Turning Technologies
Bill Johnson Congressman (6th District of Ohio)
Bill Bartos Betras, Maruca, Kopp & Harshman
Chad Gifford YSU Student
John J. Gocala Jr. Boardman Police Department
Jon Moffett Sports Writer, Vindicator
Kristen Olmi Armstrong Nominate-A-Player Honoree, United Way of the Youngstown & Mahoning Valley
Matt Spatz 93.3 WNCD, The Wolf
Sean O’Brien State Representative (65th District of Ohio)
Tom Day UAW Local 1714

 

Team Ryan

Honorary Coach Congressman Tim Ryan (17th District of Ohio)
Assistant Coach Dave Betras, Betras, Maruca, Kopp & Harshman
Honorary Owner Gary Soukenik, President/CEO, Seven Seventeen Credit Union

 

Players

Alan Mike Cancer Survivor
Felix Wright Former Cleveland Browns
Jason Wilson State Senator (30th District of Ohio)
Jim Davis Austintown Township Trustee
Jim Groner Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Joe Aulisio WKBN/WYTV/WYFX
Nick Graham: Assistant Law Director, City of Warren
Scott Chronister Lakeview Teachers Association, (NEOEA)
Terrill Vidale CEO, On the Move Enterprises
Terry Swauger Prosecuting Attorney, City of Niles

2010

TV Play-by-play Announcer Bob Hannon, CEO, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
Sideline Reporter Kate O’Donovan, Youngstown Television

 

Players

Tim Ryan Congressman, 17th District of Ohio
Nick Graham Prosecutor, City of Warren
Matt Spatz On-Air Personality, 93.3 The Wolf
Dave Green President, UAW 1714
Felix Wright Former Cleveland Browns Player
John Landers Member, Boardman Local Schools Board of Education
Richard Cordray Ohio Attorney General
Adam Earnheardt Professor, Youngstown State University
Dave Herron Sr. Reverend, Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ
Ralph Morrone Facilitates Engineer, YSU
Ross Scianna Owner of Antone’s Group

 

Team Pegg

Head Coach Jeff Pegg, President, NEOEA (North Eastern Ohio Education Association)

 

Players

John Reardon Ohio Supt. of Financial Institutions
Marquis Brown YSU Student, Housing and Residence Life
John Boccieri Congressman, 16th District of Ohio
Jay Williams Mayor, City of Youngstown
Joe Aulisio WKBN/FOX Youngstown & WYTV/MyYTV
Adam Tokash Covidien Sports Medicine
Joe Schiavoni State Senator, 33rd District of Ohio
Brian Laraway Vice President, Bury Financial Group
Jack Pico Betras, Maruca, Kopp, & Harshman, LLC
Matt Morrone Athletic Manager, YSU
Dave Betras Betras, Maruca, Kopp, & Harshman, LLC

2009

MC/PA Announcers Chrissy Patrick, MIX 98.9 Morning Show
TV Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Hannon, CEO, United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley
Sideline Reporter Amanda Beagle, Miss Ohio (2004)
Head Coaches Jim Graham, President, UAW 1112
Assistant Coach Reverend David Herron Sr., Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ

 

Players

John Boccieri Congressman-Elect 16th District (Ohio)
Richard Cordray Ohio Attorney General
Nick Graham Prosecutor, City of Warren
Dave Green President, UAW 1714
Emily Haynam Assistant Director, YSU Athletics
Mark Herron Minister, Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ
Mike Latessa Founder, MVP 20/30 Club
Jeff Pegg North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA), President-elect & Warren EA President
Eric Ryan Executive Director, Chevrolet Centre
Tim Ryan Congressman, 17th District of Ohio
Jeff Ryznar Nominate-a-Player Winner, Cleveland Cavs
Felix Wright Former Cleveland Brown Player
Bruce Zoldan President, BJ Alan Company
David Morgan Author & Sportswriter, Akron Beacon Journal
Adam Underhill Jackson Milton Basketball Coach

 

Players

Joe Aulisio Assistant Sports Director, WKBN/Fox 17-62
Mark Belinky Mahoning County Probate Judge
Paul Drennen 5th Ward Councilman, City of Youngstown
Joe Fanto VP of Banking, National City Bank
Dan Reardon Ursuline HS Football Coach
John Reardon Ohio Supt. of Financial Institutions
Joe Schiavoni Ohio State Senator, 33rd District
Matt Spatz 93.3 The Wolf
Pat Smith Executive Director, Flying Horse Farms
Ron Strollo Executive Director, YSU Athletics
Adam Tokash General Manager, Mahoning Valley Thunder
Mike Venrose Regional Manager, Turning Technologies
Harry Meshel SU Board of Trustee & Former Ohio State Senator
Buzz Pishkur Forum Health, President & CEO

2008

MC/PA Announcers Mark French & Chrissy Patrick, MIX 98.9 Morning Show
All-Star Head Coach PJ Fecko
Head Coach Cardinal Mooney Football

 

Players

John Boccieri State Senator (33rd District)
Jim Graham UAW 1112, President
Nick Graham City of Warren, Assist. Prosecutor
David Green UAW 1714, President
John McNally Mahoning County Commissioner
Jeff Pegg Past President (NEOEA)
John Reardon Ohio Supt. of Financial Institutions
Tim Ryan Congressman (17th District)
Mike Sciortino Mahoning County Auditor
Ron Strollo YSU Athletic Director
Joe Fanto NOMINATE-A-PLAYER, National City
Judge Mark Belinky NOMINATE-A-PLAYER WINNER
Tim Chesney Owner, Mahoning Valley Thunder
Phil Kidd DEFEND YOUNGSTOWN

 

Players

Paul Drennen ADP, 5th Ward Councilman, Youngstown
Matt Morrone Assistant Director, Campus Rec/YSU
Patrick Smith Executive Director, Flying Horse Farms
Matt Spatz 93.9 NCD, ClearChannel Radio
Adam Tokash GM, Mahoning Valley Thunder
Thad Tokash Johnson and Johnson
Dave Toto Altronic INC
Scott Schulick YSU Board of Trustee

2007

Coach Hon. Tom Sawyer, Former Congressman & Former Mayor of Akron
Coach Robb Schmidt, WKBN 27 First News Anchor
Assistant Coach Herb Washington, Youngstown SteelHounds Owner & Former MBL Player
MC/PA Announcer Tom Mock, Communication Director, GM-Lordstown Complex
Team Owner Scott Schulick, YSU Board of Trustee

 

Players

Jerry Mac 95.9 KISS FM
John Boccieri Elect-State Senator (33rd District)
Mike O’Brien Mayor of Warren
Ron Strollo Executive Director of Athletics (YSU)
Jim Graham President UAW 1112
Jim Kaster President UAW 1714
John McNally Mahoning County Commissioner
Jay Williams Mayor of Youngstown
PJ Fecko Cardinal Mooney Head Coach-Football
Jeff Pegg Past President (NEOEA)
Matt LaValliere Home Savings, NOMINATE-A-PLAYER Winner
Nick Graham City of Warren Prosecutor
Adam Tokash General Manager, Mahoning Valley Thunder Football

2006

Coach Herb Washington, Youngstown SteelHounds Owner & former MBA Player
Coach Robb Schmidt, WKBN 27 First News WKBN Anchor

 

Players

Ron Strollo YSU Athletic Director
Jerry Mac 95.9 Kiss FM
John Boccieri State Representative (61st District)
Jeff Pegg NEOEA Past President
James Sutman CEO/Iron and String Life Enhancement
Jim Graham UAW 1112, President
Jim Kaster UAW 1714, President
John McNally Mahoning County Commissioner
Dan Rivers Newsradio 570 WKBN
Jay Williams Mayor of Youngstown
Marc Dann Senator, Candidate for Ohio Attorney General
John Reardon Mahoning County Treasury
Matt Hufnagel Chevrolet Center, Executive Director

2005

Coach Ed DiGregorio, YSU’s winniest Women Basketball Coach
Coach Dom Rosselli, YSU’s winniest Men Basketball Coach

 

Players

Ron Strollo YSU Athletic Director
Mike Latessa Cohen & Company
Dan Poklemba YFD Local 312
Mark Farragher YFD Local 312
John Casey YFD Local 312
Dan Holcomb YFD Local 312
Jim Kaster UAW 1714, President
Jerry Mac 95.9 Kiss FM
Anthony Vivo Clerk of Courts
John Reardon Mahoning County Treasurer
Maureen Midgley GM, GM-Lordstown Complex
Jim Graham UAW 1112, President
Mark Martin WBBG FM
Marc Dann Ohio Senator (32nd District)