AITC to feature virtual Pro Football Hall of Fame tour

(Photo from Hall of Fame website)

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) program will host a virtual tour to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for students, teachers and parents Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

“Maybe you are wondering what in the world football and agriculture have in common. I’ll be honest, I had the same questions when I asked Education Director Kevin Daugherty of the AITC program,” said Jacob Ray, Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth and Education Director. “His reply was simple. ‘You can’t do football without agriculture.’”

From turfgrass and soybean oil-based artificial turf, to cotton and wool in uniforms, vintage leather football helmets and footballs, Daugherty said the Pro Football Hall of Fame will showcase various parts of their site with Illinois students.

The virtual field trips sponsored by Illinois AITC are a unique feature that has been made available as the program pivoted to reach teachers and students unable to participate in traditional field trips.

“Reaching out to the Hall of Fame, we found they were most interested in promoting their facility and football in a unique way. After we shared our goals, they jumped at the opportunity to partner with us, and will even showcase careers in football related to agriculture, including turf management and groundskeepers,” Daugherty said.

For teachers and students of all ages who want to learn more about the links between football and agriculture, register to attend the Zoom webinar by completing the form online.