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Bogarts To Support ACO Kickstarter Project

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Bogarts and American Cornhole Organization (ACO) team up to drive fundraising effort for national launch of the 8th Annual ACO World Championships of Cornhole.

A couple weeks ago the American Cornhole Organization (ACO) launched a Kickstarter funding project to raise $48,000 in an effort to launch the ACO World Championships of Cornhole on a national television network. In support of this effort, Bogarts has offered to host a VIP Celebration party. The party will be exclusive to individuals pledging $50 or more for the project. In addition to the party, the pledge will also be rewarded with a commemorative Limited-Edition DVD and your name posted on the wall of fame for supporting the project. Place your pledge to kickstart cornhole to national television.

About Bogarts:
Bogart’s, located at 2621 Vine St. in Cincinnati, Ohio, was originally built in 1890, according to county records. The venue holds approximately 1,500 people, has six bars, three levels for concert viewing, two entrances, and an elevated stage. Bogart’s has been recognized on the international stage for bringing the newest, and best, music and entertainment to the public for over two decades. Today, it is operated by Live Nation Inc., and continues the tradition of quality live entertainment that has been its forté since the building was built.

Essenza Studio Offers In-Studio Session for ACO Kickstarter project

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Essenza Studio and American Cornhole Organization (ACO) team up to drive fundraising effort for national launch of the 8th Annual ACO World Championships of Cornhole.

American Cornhole Organization has launched a Kickstarter.com funding project to raise $48,000 in an effort to launch the ACO World Championships of Cornhole on a national television network. In support of this effort, Essenza Studio has offered a limited number of $340 in-studio photography sessions with an 11×14 wall portrait as a reward for pledging $100 in support of the project. In addition to the in-studio session, the pledge also includes two tickets to a VIP party in Cincinnati, a commemorative Limited-Edition DVD and your name posted on the wall of fame for supporting the project. To place your pledge, visitwww.americancornhole.com or select this link Kickstart Cornhole to TV.

About Essenza Studio:

Essenza, a studio specializing in fine art portraiture, has been creating for families in the Cincinnati, Ohio area for over 14 years. Fundraising has been an intricate part of Essenza’s mission. Learn more about Essenza by visiting www.essenzastudio.com.

ACO Heads to Knoxville this May

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American Cornhole Organization Announces $5,000 ACO Knoxville Cornhole Open

Knoxville, Tennessee has a rich American heritage. First settled in 1786, Knoxville became the capital of Tennessee. It boasts the Great Smoky Mountains State Park, University of Tennessee and where Mountain Dew got its start. Now it will become host to the $5,000 Wild Wings Cafe ACO Knoxville Cornhole Open on May 18th.

290w-ACO-Knoxville-Cornhole-Open-2013“We are excited to be bringing a first class sporting event to Knoxville. We expect this will be a huge success for our city and lead to much bigger things with ACO Cornhole in the future,” stated Jennifer Morris, Director of Sports Sales for Visit Knoxville.

The ACO Knoxville Cornhole Open is a $5,000 guaranteed payout of which the first place will receive $1,000. The tournament will be a doubles tournament; entry fee is $60 per team. The event will feature Miller promo girls from the official beer sponsor, Miller Lite and it will include a live broadcast from the Tennessee Sports Radio anchored by local celebrity Erik Ainge. Details and registration of the event can be found here.

“Knoxville is a great city to partner with,” said Frank Geers, President of ACO. “We believe the city has a lot to offer our players who will travel in from outside the state to compete. Knoxville hits a sweet spot in the heart of ACO country.”

Kickstart Cornhole to Television

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American Cornhole Organization (ACO) has launched a Kickstarter.com funding project to raise $48,000 in an effort to launch the ACO World Championships of Cornhole through a national television network.

In support of this effort, American Cornhole has announced availability of forty (40) event sponsorships and a limited number of advertising packages available for the event.

The event sponsorship is $1,500 and includes a set of company logo-ed pitch pads, a set of tournament series boards and bags, two team entries into the Corporate Cup Challenge, four tickets to a VIP celebration party in Cincinnati, four commemorative Limited-Edition DVDs, ¼ page ad in the event program and company name placed on the web-site.

To place a pledge and secure a sponsorship, select this link Kickstart Cornhole to TV.

To learn more about the ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII, visit the following link: ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII

About American Cornhole, LLC:
Established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization, the ACO, is the governing body for the sport of cornhole. Offering official cornhole rules, sanctioned products, tournament listings, and comprehensive information about cornhole events.

ACO Announces Golden Ticket Program for ACO Worlds VIII

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American Cornhole Organization (ACO) will host the next cornhole world championships in Cincinnati, OH from July 16-20th, 2013. This will mark the first time the ACO World Championships have been held in Cincinnati since 2007. The event will feature the King of Cornhole, Queen of Cornhole and the World Doubles Championship tournaments.

The event will also feature a new Golden Ticketing program which will allow the prize purse to hit upwards of $50,000 based on a ticket sellout. The ticketing process will include blocks of Golden Tickets with each block carrying a different entry fee for the event. The event will start with a $10,000 guarantee allocated to the first two blocks of tickets sold. Blocks three, four and five have the potential of increasing the purse payouts.

Each block must sell out for the prize purses to go into effect. Starting at only $100, a Golden Ticket includes one person’s entry into both the singles and doubles tournaments. It will also include an entry into the Queen of Cornhole for all females purchasing the Golden Ticket.

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Female competitors can purchase a Diamond Ticket for $40 to just compete in the Queen of Cornhole on the 19th & 20th of July if they do not desire to participate in the rest of the tournaments.

The ACO World Championships will kick off the week with a street party being held at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati, OH on July 16th followed by daily competitions. Ticket information, payout structures and tentative event scheduling can be found here.

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About American Cornhole, LLC:

Established in 2005 and headquartered in Milford, Ohio. American Cornhole Organization, the ACO, is the governing body for the sport of cornhole. Offering official cornhole rules, sanctioned products, tournament listings, and comprehensive information about cornhole events.

ACO PROs will be ACO WARRIORS

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The ACO has made a couple changes for 2013. They changed the date of the World Championships from January to July. The cornhole event of the year moved back to the midwest. And now the biggest change has arrived.

Effective Season IX this fall, ACO PROs will be known as ACO WARRIORS.

“We’ve been thinking about making the change,” said ACO president Frank Geers. “There are tons of professional cornhole players out there. But there aren’t any cornhole Warriors.”

ACO WARRIOR Jerseys will be slightly modified to include the term ‘warrior’ on the back.

“Professionals may play cornhole, but Warriors are the ones battling on the boards to win the reign of the cornhole kingdom,” said Matt Gray, ACO partner and director of media/brand development. “It makes total sense from a branding perspective to move in this direction.”

Check out the slightly modified ACO WARRIOR jersey below:

ACO Warrior Jersey Proofs

 

ACO Warrior Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Your Cornhole Calendars

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Mark your cornhole calendars. The ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII will be held July 16th-20th in Cincinnati, Ohio. This marks the ACO’s return to the city where cornhole was created.

Much has changed since the inaugural World Championship event at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in December 2006. It started with the King of Cornhole as the featured main event at the ACO Worlds Championships. Shortly after, the World Rankings were developed and the CornyForty was born. The World Doubles Championship and Queen of Cornhole were introduced at the Worlds, in addition to the King of Sling and the Social Doubles Championship. And now we have the Ranked Players Invitational (RPI). Tournaments throughout the season include Majors, Regionals, Invitationals and Opens. And now, the ACO World Championships of Cornhole are moving to July.

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday
Pre-Event Party

Wednesday
RPI Singles
RPI Doubles

Thursday
Open Singles
Open Doubles

Friday
King of Sling
World Doubles Championship
Social Doubles Championship
Queen of Cornhole

Saturday
King of Cornhole
Queen of Cornhole
Social Doubles Championship
World Corporate Cup
Championships Finals (King of Cornhole, Queen of Cornhole and World Doubles Championship)

The above schedule is tentative. The formats for these tournaments will be revealed in a future press release.

Could Rajon Rondo Win The Crown?

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NBA Boston Celtic's Rajon Rondo pitches cornhole at 2am. (courtesy from @RajonRondon twitter account)

NBA Boston Celtic’s Rajon Rondo pitches cornhole at 2am. (courtesy from @RajonRondon twitter account)

More and more athletes are professing their love for their second sport: cornhole. Recently, Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated how he loves playing.

Rondo spends most of his free time playing cornhole…. He owns two wooden boards, emblazoned with Kentucky and Louisville logos, which he spaces 27 feet apart in his front yard, according to the official rules. He installed a fire pit so he can play through the winter with his neighbor, a thirtysomething Boston businessman who has become equally consumed with tossing beanbags into circular holes. Rondo is thinking of entering national cornhole tournaments. “I’m ranked Number 1,” he says. He is kidding, but you have to ask to make sure. He does nothing for amusement.

Read the entire article here.

Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP and member of ACO

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Joe Flacco led the Baltimore Ravens to their second NFL championship title. But did you know cornhole was the secret to this season’s success?

Did you know Joe Flacco and Sam Koch are card carrying members of the ACO?

A recent NY Times article explains how cornhole was great for building relationships in the locker room. The Ravens thought it was so important they took four sets of boards with them to the NFL championship game.

Flacco and Koch might be setting the locker room on fire, but it was former Raven-turned-Colt Cory Redding who introduced cornhole into the Ravens’ locker room back in 2010. Two years later, the ACO (@ACO) connected with the Ravens (@RavensCornhole). Within the week Redding, Flacco and Koch were card carrying members of the ACO.

Read NY Times article here.

 

ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII to be held in Cincinnati

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ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII Cincinnati

The ACO World Championships of Cornhole returns to its roots to Cincinnati, Ohio this July. You read that right. ACO Worlds VIII will be July 2013 and not January 2014.

“American Cornhole is extremely excited about the opportunity to bring the ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII back home to Cincinnati,” said Frank Geers, ACO CEO/President. “We are very proud of our city and all that it has to offer our players, fans and sponsors.  It is the birth place of our organization.” Geers said the organization is talking with a handful of locations around the area. Specific dates in July have yet to be determined.

“There will be some adjustments for us, our Certified Officials and our players, but we made this change to better position ourselves for future activity,” said Doug Hopkins, ACO Chairman and partner.

The ACO isn’t only moving the World Championships of Cornhole. They are restructuring their entire season. 2013 will be a shortened season ending at the ACO World Championships of Cornhole VIII in July. The early conversations are the 2014 season will start in September and run through the end of May 2014 with ACO Worlds IX in July 2014.

Moving the Worlds to the epicenter of cornhole in July will eliminate the threat of snow affecting travel. However, weather and location weren’t the primary factors for the move.

“I suggested to the team July would provide us a better opportunity to share cornhole with more people,” said Matt Gray, Director of TV/Media Development and ACO partner. “A certain four letter sports network recommended moving to July as well.”

According to Gray, conversations with the unnamed sports network have been ongoing since 2011. An agreement was almost done in 2012.

“The network likes what we have been building,” said Gray. “The ball is now in our court. It’s up to us and the cornhole world to turn a possibility into a reality.”

Read more details about the ACO’s shortened 2013 season here.