Lifetime Members are ACO players who live and breathe cornhole. But more than that, they’re fanatics that are so amped about the ACO they ink it right on their body.

Meet the ACO Lifetime Members.

LIFETIME MEMBER #001

Teresa Gregory

  • Cornhole Player since: 2012
  • ACO Member since: 2012
  • Highest Ranking: 3rd in Women’s, 2017
  • Hometown: Franklin, KY
  • About me: I’m a very sensitive person and wear my heart on my sleeve, even though I come off as a total bitch.
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d:  I inked myself for my son, Austin Brandle, who made ACO Pro status. I put the ACO shield and his nickname on my foot as a dedication to him and our love of the sport.
LIFETIME MEMBER #002

William Howell

  • Cornhole Player since: 2011
  • ACO Member since: 2011
  • ACO Commissioner
  • Highest Player Ranking: #37
  • Hometown: Hemet, CA
  • One thing you never knew about me: I have a superhuman sense of smell!
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: When I commit, there’s no going back. If you are able to say that you are friend of mine, then you understand my loyalty. The ACO bug, to me, represents loyalty.
LIFETIME MEMBER #003

Max Geers

  • Cornhole Player since: 2005
  • ACO Member since: 2005
  • Highest Player Ranking: Unrankable
  • Hometown: Terrace Park, OH
  • One thing you never knew about me: I’m a country music singer. You can check my music out at maxgeers.com
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: I was at ACO Worlds in Vegas and my Dad’s birthday was that weekend. I didn’t want to just buy him a present, I wanted to surprise him with something he’d love. So I worked a plan out with his cornhole family. I’m proud of what he’s been able to do with cornhole and wanted to show how much he means to me.
LIFETIME MEMBER #004

Aaron Kandler

  • Cornhole Player since: 2018
  • ACO Member since: 2018
  • Highest Player Ranking: #4
  • Hometown: Paw Paw, MI
  • One thing you never knew about me: I was a professional bull rider.
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: When I was at World’s, I was inspired by the camraderie of the players and that’s when I realized ACO meant family.  I believe in ACO and wanted to commit like family would.
LIFETIME MEMBER #005

Jeff Balstad

  • Cornhole Player since: 2019
  • ACO Member since: 2019
  • Hometown: Gillette, WY
  • Occupation: I work in the oilfield industry as a lease operator.
  • My Best Cornhole Moment: Winning my first co-ed tournament with my wife.
  • One thing you never knew about me: I’m an avid gardener. I also enjoy canning my own vegetables.
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: Go big or go home. After attending my first ACO tournament (North Platte) and meeting everyone there, I’ve been hooked ever since. Everyone was more than happy to answer any questions I had, and they also gave me plenty of tips on getting better. It definitely is a FAMILY!!!! And glad to be part of it!!!
LIFETIME MEMBER #006

Scott “Blacksmoke” Kirksey

  • Cornhole Player since: 2018
  • ACO Member since: 2019
  • Hometown: Coahoma, Mississippi
  • Occupation: Carpenter at Taylor Made Carpentry
  • My Best Cornhole Moment: Winning my first co-ed tournament with my wife.
  • One thing you never knew about me: I served just less than 11 years active duty in the  U.S. Army. I was a diesel mechanic at Fort Hood, TX with 1/227 Aviation. I deployed 3 times to Iraq.
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: At my first regional (Tennessee) everyone there so friendly and welcomed me with open arms. They treated me just like family (even though I wasn’t very good). Everyone was willing to help me become a better player.  Then at my first major (Owensboro), I witnessed the camaraderie between all the players, and that reminded me of my military family. The ACO is family and accepts everyone as family and I’m glad that I am a part of that family.
LIFETIME MEMBER #007

David “Diesel Dave” Vaughan

  • Cornhole Player since: 2018
  • ACO Member since: 2018
  • ACO Certified Official
  • Hometown: Alligator, Mississippi
  • Occupation:  Engine Shop Department Manager for an irrigation company
  • One thing you never knew about me: Served 9½ years in the U.S. Navy as a Diesel Technician, been working on diesel engines for 40 years (hence the tag name “Diesel Dave”)
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: I never thought that I would get a tattoo; they say that if you get inked, it should mean something to you.  Well, I am very passionate about the sport of cornhole.  Becoming a member of the ACO has given me the desire to pursue something that is very important to me.  This organization, and the players, from day one have accepted me for who I am, (not the best player in the world…lol), but they made me feel like part of a family, and that is the ACO, Family!!  So at 59 years old, those are the reasons why I got my tattoo.  And heck, the perks aren’t bad either.  Living life throwing 30 feet at a time!!!
LIFETIME MEMBER #008

Margaret Barrett

  • Nickname: #cornholepusher  (because no matter where I go or who I meet, I always end up talking cornhole and recruiting others to play! Especially the women!)
  • Cornhole player since: 2017
  • ACO Member since: 2018
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
  • Occupation: Registered Nurse
  • One thing you never knew about me: I’m an avid snowboarder and although I live in the desert, my favorite place to be is in remote snow covered mountains.
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: The Las Vegas Cornhole community was so gracious and welcoming from the moment I stepped onto their courts. This camaraderie continued when they presented the opportunity to play with the American Cornhole Organization. That experience not only rekindled my fire for competition but put me in the company of even more incredible people. People you can be fiercely competitive with on the court and still have amazing friendships with when the game is over – truly a win-win scenario. Thus, for me the ink is a simple reminder to appreciate those opportunities and people who cross your path, embrace the unknown and step out of your comfort zone – feel that adrenaline rush and even if don’t win in points, you win in life with the ACO family.
LIFETIME MEMBER #009

Stephanie Provost

  • Cornhole player since: 2014ish
  • ACO Member: 2015
  • Hometown: Vegas Baby!
  • Occupation:  Mom/Wife
  • One thing you don’t know about me: I am a huge New Kids on the Block fan and see them everytime they come in concert (don’t judge me LOL)
  • Why I got ACO Ink’d: I love playing cornhole,  I get to be with my favorite people that I consider  my family! Why not represent the best times of my life with the best people with a tattoo?

Want to become an ACO Lifetime Member?

Requirements

Get a permanent tattoo of the ACO shield or oval logo on any part of your body that is visible on the court or on the beach.
Contact the ACO through email or phone at least 2 weeks before the ACO World Championships to get on the Lifetime Member list to be recognized on Championship Night.
Come to the ACO World Championships to have your ink verified by an ACO Commissioner.

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Benefits

Free ACO Membership for life!
A customized ACO Lifetime Member Jersey
Your feature and bio here on this page
Personal recognition on ACO Worlds Championship Night every year.

Considering an ACO tattoo and just need to talk?

Call the ACO Lifetime Lifeline: 888-563-2002  play@americancornhole.com