Walsh University to be International Village – IFAF World Championships

Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, will be an international village residence and practice site for eight international teams competing July 9-18 in the fifth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship.

usa football squareWalsh University’s 136-acre campus is located five miles from Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which will host all four rounds of the IFAF World Championship. Round robin matchups are July 9, 12 and 15 with consolation games and the medal round on Saturday, July 18. Kickoffs are 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day of competition. A full schedule will be announced by May 31.

Five of the university’s 10 residence halls will house the tournament’s eight national teams composed of men age 20 and older.

All eight national teams will practice on Walsh University’s four football fields on the campus’ North Quad during the tournament. Walsh University also hosted all eight participating national teams in the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship, which was won by the United States, led by head coach CHUCK KYLE of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School.

“Walsh University is excited to welcome competitors from around the globe for the fifth IFAF World Championship and the first to be held in the United States,” Walsh University President RICHARD JUSSEAUME said. “While we are looking forward to sharing our beautiful campus with coaches and athletes spanning five continents, the most significant result of this event will be the fostering of friendships through a great team sport cherished far beyond our country’s borders. The entire Walsh community is proud to play a part in bringing the world’s top national teams in football to our area, just as we did in 2009.”

The 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team is composed of athletes age 20 and older. Assembled by USA Football and led by former Boise State and Colorado head coach DAN HAWKINS, the U.S. National Team will conduct its training camp at the University of Akron approximately two weeks prior to the tournament. The team will practice June 28 to July 7 on the campus’ InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field.

Details regarding all teams’ practice schedules prior to and during the tournament will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are grateful to the University of Akron and Walsh University, both of which feature exceptional football facilities, for welcoming our U.S. National Team players, coaches and support staff this summer,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “Hosting this world championship in a city and region so steeped in football history is extraordinary. In any language or culture, ‘Canton, Ohio,’ represents this sport’s greatness and captures the imagination unlike any other football destination.”

The IFAF World Championship has been held every four years since 1999. The United States defeated Canada, 50-7, in Vienna, Austria, for the 2011 gold medal. The U.S. beat Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Kawasaki, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included the United States. Prior to the United States’ participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).

IFAF is comprised of 71 member countries spanning six continents that possess national federations dedicated to American football. Among the world’s fastest-growing international federations of sport, IFAF has grown from 21 member nations in 2006.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted IFAF provisional recognition in December 2013. Provisional recognition is the initial step toward permanent IOC membership, which IFAF could attain as early as 2016. IFAF’s permanent IOC membership would make American football eligible for a future vote to become part of the Summer Olympics lineup.

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S., advancing coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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Summer Serenades in the Park

What happens when the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park are combined with the orchestrated sounds of musicians? Serenades in the Park happens! A free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind, and string ensembles performing all over Stark County. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite picnic food, games, and blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music.

summer serenadesThe Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in partnership with the Stark County Park District (SCPD) will present Summer Serenades in the Park, a series of seven (7) FREE concerts from June to Labor Day 2015. The first six performances are 45 minutes, and the final concert will feature the full-orchestra pops concert in September! The first six concerts will feature small ensembles of of CSO musicians in a casual concert of classics, pops, patriotic, jazz and/or folk music!

Pre-concert activities before the performances coordinated by CSO and SCPD staff will enable audience members to experience live animals, fishing, crafts, building musical instruments out of recycled materials and instrument petting zoo. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket and picnic food.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra is looking forward to the collaboration.  “This is the first time we have shared our music in the parks,” reflects Lisa Boyer, CSO Director of Education and Community Engagement. “It is a wonderful opportunity for a different type of artistic engagement for our audiences, musicians and community in general.”  Likewise, the Stark County Park District sees many benefits to the program. “The Summer Serenades series offers frequent park visitors a new way to enjoy their park and introduce first-time guests to a park and community,” says Jared Shive, SCPD Marketing Specialist. “We’re excited to partner with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and bring live music performances to the most relaxing settings in Stark County.”

June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm – String Quartet     
Park: Exploration Gateway
Live animal display beginning at 5:30 (in case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors)

June 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm – Brass Quintet     
Park: Magnolia Flouring Mills
Mill tours, instrument petting zoo, instrument building beginning at 5:30 (rain date June 24 at 6:30pm)

July 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm –  Woodwind Quintet     
Park: Walborn Reservoir
Bald eagle booth, fishing station beginning at 5:30 (rain date July 8 at 6:30pm)

July 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm – Brass Quintet     
Park: Cook’s Lagoon 
Craft activities and instrument building beginning at 3:30 (rain date July 26 at 4:30pm)

August 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm –  String Quartet       
Park: Fichtner Center   
Scavenger hunt with booths beginning at 5:30 (rain date August 14 at 6:30pm)

August 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm - Woodwind Quintet 
Park: Minerva Municipal Park
Live animal display and instrument petting zoo beginning at 5:30pm (rain date August 25 at 6:30pm)

September 6, 2015   6:30 pm – Full Orchestra   
Park: Petros Lake Park  
Live animal display, stuffed animal hospital, instrument building (rain date September 7 at 6:30pm)

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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Ice Cream Round Up

The weather is absolutely beautiful in Ohio this time of year, the trees are green, flowers are blooming, and the birds are singing. There is something about a sunny sky and warm breeze that makes a dripping ice cream cone SO much better! Below you will find a list of local Stark County Ice Cream shops that offer delicious scoops of your favorite flavors!

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The Kitchen Sink at Taggart’s

Taggarts Ice Cream has been open since 1926 and is home of the famous Bittner! Enjoy smooth and sweet mixture of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and salty pecans with whipped cream on top – the perfect combination! Taggarts has two locations, one in Canton and one in Magnolia. You can satisfy your taste buds no matter what direction you’re going!

Milk & Honey Candy & Soda Shoppe is located in Canton and is another long-time ice cream parlor! They have FOUR types of banana splits and jumbo root beer floats!

Heggy's Nut Shop Ice Cream

Heggy’s Nut Shop

Heggy’s Nut Shop has more to offer than they’re name suggests! They have delicious milkshakes and malts! Heggy’s also has a variety of sundaes including pineapple and marshmallow!

Almost Heaven Homemade Ice Cream has quite arguably the best butter pecan ice cream you will ever taste! Yum! Their owners even attended a culinary class at the University of Florida to create the best of the best in ice cream creations! If you’re looking for something a little fruity – try their orange pineapple!

New Baltimore Homemade Ice Cream has two locations! One is a convenient stop on Route 44 and Pontius Ave. in New Baltimore, the other is at Rolling Greens Miniature Golf in Uniontown! They post their weekly flavors on their FaceBook page – yum!

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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream has multiple locations in the area! Check out their stores in Alliance, North Canton, and Massillon! Get ready to make a tough decision, as they have over 50 flavors of homemade ice cream! You can also get quarts or pints to take home too, and they even have apple dumplings on occasion!

Twistee Treat Ice Cream is one you cannot miss! Located in Massillon, this giant pink and white ice cream cone is serving up tasty treats! They have something for everyone – from cones and sundaes, to malts and shakes, and slushies and smoothies!

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Cherry Street Creamery in Canal Fulton

Cherry Street Creamery in Canal Fulton is in the perfect location to bike to using the Ohio & Erie Canal! After you’ve biked off all of those calories, you won’t feel guilty grabbing some yummy treats at this road-side stand! It’s the perfect summer combination!

Oser’s Dairy & Deli is just across the street in Canal Fulton as well! Be sure to get their chocolate & peanut butter ice cream! It is definitely to die for!

Smith’s Waco Market located on Waynesburg Drive, just south of Route 30 is certainly delicious – and you can tell by the line that this place is always busy! No worries though – it is worth the small wait. Not to mention, their prices are fantastic for the scoops you will get!

Fluppy’s Drive-In located in Waynesburg is a summertime favorite as well! This place is perfect to swing by after a baseball game with the kids! They have an amazing brownie sundae and lots of picnic tables in the shade!

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Kreamland Ice Cream in Navarre

Kremeland is just a little bit to the southwest in Navarre. This retro 1950′s diner sits right on Main Street and is hard to miss! They have just about every ice-cream concoction you could imagine, as long as a large food menu!

Don’t forget to swing over to Minerva to the Minerva Dairy Outlet! Not only do they have hand churned cheeses and butter, but they have delicious homemade ice cream! Do you have a favorite ice cream shop that you do not see here? Let us know!

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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