For VNN, 2018 was the year of the connected future. From communities, to software partners, to brands and local businesses, we spent the year working on our goal to connect the pieces of high school sports.
Before we hit the ground running in 2019, let’s recap the best highlights that made 2018 a year worth remembering.
VNN partners with the Semper Fidelis All-American Program
Our team began the year at VNN connecting Intersport and the US Marines to exceptional student-athletes who are making an impact in their communities.
Holiday Tournaments Showcase the Best at VNN Partner Schools
Two of the largest invitational basketball tournaments of the year were hosted at VNN schools including the Chick-Fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast (SC), and the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School in Portland (OR). Oak Hill Academy won both, beating formidable foes IMG Academy (FL) and Mater Dei (CA) to win.
National Signing Day
Across the VNN network our partner schools celebrated athletes committing to play sports at the next level from track, soccer, and lacrosse among other sports, including 20 of the Nation’s Top 100 Football recruits.
VNN and the University of Michigan Medicine Combat Distracted Driving
Aimed to increase awareness to the dangers of distracted driving to teens and their parents across Michigan Medicine’s footprint, VNN connected the University of Michigan Medicine Health System, CS Mott Children’s Hospital, and re:group Media to communities across Metro Detroit to promote the Drive Smart campaign.
VNN Partners with RegisterMyAthlete
The collaboration connected powerful registration software to VNN’s SportsHub platform, making participating in sports easy for parents and athletes.
Life University becomes one of VNN’s longest education partners, sponsoring schools for their third year
The Georgia-based University, known for its chiropractic programs, connects to and supports nearly 100 schools through the VNN network.
“The Future of High School Sports is a Connected One”
Our CEO, Ryan Vaughn, penned an editorial about the power of schools being able to choose the best products in the industry and have them all work together.
VNN launches Team Shops and Online eCommerce Fundraising
Team Shops simplified school fundraising efforts by connecting teams to the everyday purchases parents, athletes and fans make already online.
8to18 and VNN Announce Scheduling Partnership
The partnership connected the top scheduling software-maker to VNN SportsHub websites.
Rapid Replay and VNN count-down the 2017-18 school year’s best of the best
Each week throughout the Summer, Rapid Replay and VNN staffers hand-picked their favorite fan-captured highlights across all sports, connecting fans to their athletic departments.
VNN and three major medical systems launch Sports Medicine Libraries
The initiative, kicked off between VNN, Northside Hospital (Georgia), Henry Community Health (Indiana), and Premier Health System (Ohio) connected health resources and content to local high school athletics websites nationwide.
Amazon Business and VNN Launch the Pro Shop
The Pro Shop connects athletic departments to equipment purchases alongside the key administrative and content creation functions they already use to manage and engage with their local sports communities.
VNN Launches One: The High School Sports Podcast
The podcast connected athletic directors and their stories to listeners from across the country.
Reebok, JJ Watt, and VNN Celebrate Houston’s Best Comeback Stories
To promote the launch of the JJ II Clean Slate and JJ Watt’s return to the gridiron, VNN connected Houston’s athletic communities to the brand with a contest to uncover the region’s best comeback stories.
Regional Athlete of the Month Contests Launch in Chicago and Central Texas
The contests, sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings franchisees and A+ Federal Credit Union, celebrated athletes at multiple schools.
Team Photos on Team Pages
The feature, giving athletic directors and their coaches the ability to showcase team photos on their SportsHub Team pages was highly-requested.
VNN becomes corporate partner of Grand Rapids Art Museum
The relationship began with our collaborating on the sports photography exhibit “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present,” open through January 13, 2019.
Young Influencers Make an Impact at VNN Schools
Several communities utilized their SportsHub websites in 2018 to create learning opportunities for young journalists, which was covered in the media.
Team VNN and Partners exhibit together at the 2018 NIAAA National Athletic Directors Conference
VNN, 8to18, RegisterMyAthlete, RallyAroundUs, and Rapid Replay shared booth space to better demonstrate the power of connected high school sports software.