The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce have named two long-time community volunteers to the top leadership positions for the 2020 festivities that will celebrate the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Todd Stover will serve as General Chairperson and Dennis Manzella as General Vice Chairperson.
Stover and Manzella will lead the nearly 5,000-person volunteer corps that helps with the planning, coordination and execution of the events surrounding the annual enshrinement celebration. The volunteers provide a worldclass experience to the hundreds of thousands of fans who will descend upon the Canton community for the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement festivities including Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. The annual event kicks off the NFL’s season and centers around the Enshrinement Ceremony for members of the Class of 2020 that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8 in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
This summer’s celebration will be Stover’s 41st year as a volunteer including 39 years on the Hall of
Fame Security Committee, 10 as the committee chairperson. Stover, the Manager of Program
Delivery & Controls of the Emerging Technologies Group at FirstEnergy Corp, is a past-president and
chairman of the Jackson-Belden Jaycees, past chairman of Parish Council of Saints Philip & James
Church, and is a member of the Edison Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus #11037, and a long time
United Way supporter. He and his wife Shelly reside in Canal Fulton and are the proud parents of
University of Akron graduates Kyle and Lauren.
Manzella, a New York native, attended St. John’s University and New York University and is currently
serving as the Assistant Vice President of Marketing for Western Reserve Group. He is a member of
PIA of Indiana, and Big “I” Agent Association of Ohio and Indiana. A long-time, dedicated Enshrinement Festival volunteer, he is entering his fifth and final year as chairman of the Concert for Legends Committee, and he previously chaired the Appreciation Party and Security and Logistics Committees and has served on the Enshrinement and Game Committees. He is married to wife Rose Ann are parishioners at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Stover and Manzella will work closely with the staffs at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton
Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide training and resources to enhance an already solid
foundation of dedicated community volunteers. The volunteer corps provides the support necessary
to host the large celebration each summer in Canton. In addition, the community volunteers assist
with other events throughout the year and will be integral to the Canton community hosting the
NFL’s Centennial Celebration in September 2020.
The annual Enshrinement is a celebration of the Hall of Fame’s important mission to “Honor the
Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence
EVERYWHERE.” The celebration, through the collaboration with the Canton Regional Chamber of
Commerce, has grown significantly over the past 56 years and now draws over 700,000 people that
generates an estimated economic impact over $40 million for the Canton/Stark County area and
nearly $65 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions of people tune in to experience a
number of the events that are televised nationally.
In one of the greatest traditions in all of sports, more than 140 Gold Jackets (a term to reference
living Hall of Famers) are expected to return to Canton next summer to participate in the festivities
that surround the 2020 Enshrinement celebration.
The Modern-Era Players for the Class of 2020 will be announced on “Selection Saturday” (Feb. 1) on the eve of Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida.