For Immediate Release
VNN AND 8TO18 ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
Deal connects essential functions in 20% of US High School Athletic Departments
GRAND RAPIDS, MI, MAY 2018 – VNN, America’s largest and fastest growing high school sports communication platform, has signed a partnership with 8to18 Media Inc, the Illinois-based developer of professional athletic management software and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) preferred technology vendor. The deal, already touching over 20% of the US high school sports market, will connect key planning and administrative functions from 8to18’s digital scheduling and registration products to VNN’s SportsHub communications platform.
Each year at the high school level, nearly 8 million student-athletes play up to 20 games per season making registration and scheduling two of the most essential tasks athletic directors and their coaches administer each school year. Managing these tasks effectively means a professional must not only be adept at skillfully navigating software that facilitates the process, but also at distributing that information out to their community. The integration between 8to18 and VNN will bring these functions together seamlessly, ensuring professionals have the tools they need in one place while also providing opportunities to grow their programs through advertising, e-commerce, and fundraising.
“Each year, expectations of our athletic and activity departments seem to mount while budgets are cut,” said 8to18’s Director of Partnerships, Abigail Emerson. “It’s become impossible to manage these programs successfully, much less grow them, without effective integrated tools, like 8to18’s scheduling and online registration. For over 20 years, we’ve remained steadfast in our mission, working with administrators and coaches to develop premium solutions to keep these programs flourishing. This partnership with VNN allows organizations to combine 8to18’s best in class administrative solutions with VNN’s premium website and communication platform.”
“Our user experience team spends a large part of their day understanding the different needs athletic professionals have,” said VNN Director of Partnerships Jayson Jones. “Again and again, we see just how critical scheduling and logistics software is to building a great athletic department, and 8to18’s commitment to provide exactly what office staff is looking for in those services was a perfect fit to help us make the experience of high school sports better for everyone involved.”
8to18 Media Inc is the NIAAA’s preferred vendor for Athletics Scheduling and Sports Registration software and a true partner for athletic and activity administrators and the school communities they serve. 8to18’s innovative and integrated solutions empower leaders to sustain and grow programs through efficiencies, funding, and community engagement.
VNN is America’s largest and fastest growing high school sports communication platform. As the exclusive partner of over 20% of all US high school athletic communities, VNN connects the high school sports experience onto a single platform for 11-million passionate parents, athletes, fans, software providers, and athletic professionals across the country.