Amway takes the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy on national tour

Nov 11, 2017; Clemson, SC, USA; Former Clemson Tigers head coach Danny Ford poses with the AFCA Coaches Trophy presented by Amway, outside Clemson Memorial Stadium before the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles. Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2017; Clemson, SC, USA; Former Clemson Tigers head coach Danny Ford poses with the AFCA Coaches Trophy presented by Amway, outside Clemson Memorial Stadium before the game between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles. Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the iconic symbol of being the last team standing and named number one in the final Amway Coaches’ Poll. Only the best earn the right to victoriously hoist it in the air amid roaring crowds and triumphant players.

But you don’t have to be the best to see the American Football Coaches Association Coaches’ Trophy presented by Amway up close. You just have to be a fan!

Hitting the road

As part of Amway’s commitment to #inspiredcoaching and its sponsorship of the Amway Coaches’ Poll, the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy presented by Amway is going on tour during the NCAA college football season. It will appear at pre-game festivities throughout the season, kicking off Sept. 1 in South Bend Indiana when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hosts the University of Michigan Wolverines.

Fans can line up to get their picture taken with the trophy and possibly meet former college players and coaches who are all too happy to share the inspired coaching philosophy with true fans of the sport.

Oct 7, 2017; Lincoln, NE, USA; The AFCA Coaches Trophy presented by Amway, outside Memorial Stadium prior to the game against Wisconsin Badgers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The iconic Waterford Crystal Football will be presented to the No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches Poll – and national champion – at the end of the season. It has been awarded to the Coaches’ National Champion since 1986 and made available to all Coaches Poll winners since 1950. Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

“The crystal ball is the symbol of supremacy in college football,” said Jim Ayers, managing director of Amway North America. “When I see a coach being presented with the trophy as national champions, and he holds it up and passes it around to his team, I know that they’re feeling that all of their hard work and dedication has paid off.

“It’s so rewarding to witness firsthand what Amway believes so strongly in: rewarding coaches for leading their teams to success.”

Tour stops

Seven stops are already scheduled with more to come:

  • Sept. 1: Michigan @ Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Sept. 8: Clemson @ Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  • Sept. 15: LSU @ Auburn, Auburn, AL
  • Sept. 22: Florida @ Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Sept. 27: North Carolina @ Miami, Miami Gardens, FL
  • Oct. 13: Colorado @ USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Oct. 20: Illinois @ Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Make sure to visit Amway.com/coachespoll to keep up with the latest rankings, and stay tuned for additional tour dates for your chance to see the trophy that has been touched by college football greats!

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