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"First Ball" to kick off Hall of Fame weekend

First Play to open Hall of Fame weekend (Source: Raycom Media) First Play to open Hall of Fame weekend (Source: Raycom Media)

The National Football League, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Gold Jackets Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Lynn Swann will celebrate the kickoff to the 2015 Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 10:00-11:30 A.M. in Canton, Ohio. 

The "First Play" has been part of Hall of Fame Weekend for the past 15 years. First Play is an event where 2,000 children form a human chain and pass a football along a three-mile route from the location in downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Children on Aug. 6 will pass the first golden football along the streets of Canton until it reaches Swann on the front steps of the Hall. The "First Ball" event will be filmed by NFL Films and featured across CBS network's various platforms during the upcoming NFL season. 

To register for the vent, email FirstBall@ProFootballHOF.com. "First Ball" participates will receive a T-Shirt (while supplies last), free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, Aug. 6 and lunch on the Hall of Fame grounds.

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