Flippin’ With the Greats Pinball League – next raffle October 6th!

unnamedThe FWTG Pinball League is offering up another beautiful Classic Slot Machine (courtesy of Peters Billiards) to be given away on Monday October 6.

This Vintage Slot will be awarded to a lucky FWTG League participant selected at random from the League (NFL) Division that gains the most new IFPA League Players before Oct 6th @ 9 pm CST.

Winning player will be responsible for any shipping charges (we will help coordinate a wholesale carrier), or the machine can be available for pick up in the Minneapolis or Chicago areas.

As an alternative prize, Gridiron Support is offering a set of (5) GGAF Hall of Fame Medallions with matching serial numbers, if the winning player declines the slot machine as their prize.

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2014 European Championship Series – Standings through Event #12

ifpa-european-championship-series1The inaugural IFPA European Championship Series is now through Event #12 out of 17, after Sweden hosted the Borås Pinball Open and Austria hosted the Austrian Pinball Open. Full results for the Borås Pinball Open are available HERE. Full results of the Austrian Pinball Open are available HERE.

An incredible 931 players have taken part in at least one ECS tournament, with 2-time World Pinball Champion Daniele Celestino Acciari taking over the lead from Michael Trepp by less that 1 WPPR points. The current ECS standings are available HERE.

The next ECS event takes players to Belgium, where the 2014 Belgian Open Pinball will be taking place October 4-5th. Details of that event are available HERE. The entire ECS schedule can be found HERE.

Pinball making a comeback in Northeast Ohio

pinball_1411509363148_8352204_ver1.0_640_480ABC5 news in Cleveland aired a piece last night on the resurgence of pinball in the Cleveland area. Featured in the video is Tommy Bizzi (ranked 487th in the world) and Jessie Carduner (ranked 1212th in the world). Click HERE to watch the video.

Global BC: Fraser Valley FlipOut

fvfGlobal BC news out in Vancouver talked with Fraser Valley Flipout organizer, Tommy Floyd (ranked 2171st in the world) and Emily Reilhan (ranked 2407th in the world) about the upcoming tournament. Click HERE to watch the video.

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Curtis Baker named Honorary Captain

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As part of winning the Flippin' With the Greats League week #4 raffle, Curtis Baker received an autographed photo of Coach Ditka, a Bronze Ditka "Hall of Fame" Medallion, and a congratulatory letter from the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, naming him the "Honorary Captain"  of the 2014 Flippin' With the Greats competitive Pinball campaign.

The prizes continue with Tim Sexton winning the Gridiron Greats Hall of Fame Medallion set for best collective NFL team scoring in the NFC East this past weekend.

We will be planning our next raffle soon, so sign up for the FWTG League to make yourself eligible to win!

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Project Pinball Sweepstakes

ProjectPinballSweepstakesblog post courtesy of Daniel Spolar

$50 donation to win a brand new Stern pinball machine in time for the holidays!

Your choice of machine sent to your doorstep.

Six different Pro model pinball machines to choose from:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Iron Man Vault Edition
  • Mustang
  • Star Trek
  • Metallica
  • AC/DC

All proceeds go to Project Pinball Charity 501(C)3 #46-3417202 to help put more pinball machines in the Children’s Hospitals across the nation.

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Flippin’ With the Greats League – David Daluga wins Bally slot machine

unnamedThe NFC north was the fastest growing division, with the slot machine being won by David Daluga (representing the Green Bay Packers).

We will be planning our next raffle soon, so sign up for the FWTG League to make yourself eligible to win!

Also, we are happy to announce that we will be expanding the FWTG Tournament Series to beyond the 32 NFL cities. Any city around the world can host a FWTG charity fundraiser tournament, with the winner advancing to the Grand Final. Any city not represented by an NFL Franchise will advance via a "Coach Ditka Wildcard" spot.

A quick reminder that there are TWO components of the Flippin' With the Greats campaign:

1) The LEAGUE – This is fantasy football meets pinball. Sign up and join the team of your choosing. All the WPPR points you have earned in 2014 will go towards helping that team in the standings. We will be raffling off prizes the rest of the year to league members, including NFL memorabilia, pinball memorabilia, spots into the Grand Final, and actual pinball machines. Click HERE for more details.

2) The TOURNAMENT SERIES – This will be the IFPA's December charity fundraiser campaign supporting the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. There will be 32 tournaments held in the various NFL cities where players can donate to the cause, and play for a chance to advance to the Grand Final and win other prizes. Click HERE for more details.

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

Get behind Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and "LIKE" Gridiron Support on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org.

Andrei Massenkoff wins Radio Shack Iron Man Tournament!

rsThe month long tournament hosted by Radio Shack, Stern Pinball and the IFPA culminated with the playoffs held this weekend. The top 16 finalists played through a single elimination playoff bracket until only one remained. In the final, Andrei Massenkoff (ranked 10th in the world) defeated Trent Augenstein (ranked 9th in the world) to take home the Stern Iron Man Vault Edition pinball machine.

Flip Off Hunger campaign returns for November 2014!

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As the holiday season blossoms into a tremendous display of the blessings of our lives in the United States, it is important to remember that many families will struggle to eat during this time period. With this thought in mind, “Flip Off Hunger — Pinball Style” burst onto the tournament scene in 2013. 

“Flip Off Hunger” is a charity tournament event where cities across the United States work with their local players and food banks to raise money for hungry families during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  During these events, pinball tournaments raise awareness to the plight of the hungry.   In 2013, 14 cities participated in “Flip Off Hunger”. 

We raised $9,572 in 2013. Based on a $1 donation creating 3 meals, “Flip Off Hunger” donated over 28,716 meals!  Our goal for 2014 is to double that number of cities and tournaments.

With the help of the IFPA, “Flip Off Hunger” will offer an exemption to locations that have previously hosted their annual event.  This means that “Flip Off Hunger” sites can host a tournament worth full WPPR Value as long as it occurs on a weekend during November 2014 regardless if they have already hosted an annual event.

The event must be held anytime in November, and the 30 day advanced notice rule to get the event of the IFPA calendar is in effect.

If you are interested in hosting an event , please contact Marcus Trevino at xerico@gmail.com

You can also visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/324029571067423/

With the support of the pinball community, we can raise thousands of dollars and feed even more people!

Flippin’ With the Greats League – raffle prize added for upcoming weekend!

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The FWTG League will be raffling off a matched set of GGAF medallions this upcoming weekend. Gridiron Support will be tallying up the weekend scores for all the NFL teams in each division, we'll draw a player out of the highest scoring NFL division for the prize. Sign up and join the league by kickoff Sunday at Noon CST to be eligible!

A quick reminder that there are TWO components of the Flippin' With the Greats campaign:

1) The LEAGUE – This is fantasy football meets pinball. Sign up and join the team of your choosing. All the WPPR points you have earned in 2014 will go towards helping that team in the standings. We will be raffling off prizes the rest of the year to league members, including NFL memorabilia, pinball memorabilia, spots into the Grand Final, and actual pinball machines. Click HERE for more details.

2) The TOURNAMENT SERIES – This will be the IFPA's December charity fundraiser campaign supporting the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. There will be 32 tournaments held in the various NFL cities where players can donate to the cause, and play for a chance to advance to the Grand Final and win other prizes. Click HERE for more details.

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

Get behind Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and "LIKE" Gridiron Support on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org.