Welcome to 8to18, Inc | Scheduling & Beyond

Who We Are

8to18 is a team of devoted people working hard to help streamline communication. By integrating brands and sponsors on an unparalleled level, we bring online messaging to an offline market with the flip of a switch.

We’re ambassadors to community conversations. Our platform delivers a 360 degree tool to unify extra-curricular activities for administrators, coaches, parents and their participants between the ages of 8 and 18.

Meet The Team

Jeff Keller, CEO
jeff.keller@8to18.com

Rick Hanna, VP Strategy
rick.hanna@8to18.com

Kim Johnson, VP Customer Experience
kim.johnson@8to18.com

Mike Morris, Market Acquisition
mike.morris@8to18.com

Mark Liu, VP of Technology
mark.liu@8to18.com

Abigail Emerson, Mgr. Market Development
abigail.emerson@8to18.com

What We Do

The launch of Athletics2000 in 1998 started with content provided by local school athletic administrators, and has grown to a place of up to date information integrating student athletes lives and activities into the community. Expansion of services and users has led to growth in a multitude of areas. 8to18, Inc. is quickly becoming the number one provider of sport and activity information from local organizations. Individual sites give administrators a quick and simple toolbox to keep our audience in touch with breaking developments in individual programs. 8to18, Inc. is more than local targeted news. Each month our content reaches millions of fans through on and offline channels. The website continues to be the center of all that 8to18, Inc. does, and we are excited to bring continued growth and new applications.

8to18, Inc. now averages 2 million page views and roughly 250K unique visitors per month. 8to18, Inc.’s digital strategy has resulted in an engaged and dedicated fan base of students, parents, coaches, and communities. The individual pages have constant content updates, socializing media that was once entirely offline. Users can easily share information – from game highlights to directions, from registration to celebration – each detail is just a click away. Our fans take an active role in the production of the content – literally, as producers of data, and also as the subject of the stats. 8to18 Media, Inc. is the conduit to break any brand into a community spotlight.

We partner with brands that want to reach single communities and entire networks. New and unique advertising and sponsorship opportunities allow brands to align themselves with the people who support their world.

Athletics2000.com

Website Integration

The Athletics2000 platform easily integrates as an extension of a schools website – and it’s free to use. The platform is the preferred solution by the NIAAA – placing A2K as best in class.

Registration


Turning the corner on a source of news and information, we’ve added registration to our product suite. Now, student forms and waivers are located in one convenient place for administrators and parents alike.

A.D. Assistant

Allows schools to tap into the Internet and utilize one of the greatest communication tools ever developed. A school’s web presence allows them to be open 24 hours a day while publishing up to date official information about athletic Programs. A school can greatly reduce phone calls and report requests by posting:
-Daily event results and athletic signings
-Driving Directions
-Rain out and event change information
-Rosters & team pictures
-Camps and meeting information and more…
-All this delivered directly to your website for athletes, coaches, parents, administrators and fans!

Control Panel

Athletics2000′s ControlPanel allows schools to independently manage their website from anywhere via the web. Control panel allows users to easily make changes to athletic web pages without knowledge of HTML programming. You can add announcements, photos, links and directions to increase the effectiveness of your athletic web pages.

LeagueKeeper

Athletics2000′s conference scheduling solution is a 100% web based application, which easily allows conference administrators to distribute the scheduling responsibilities to LeagueKeeper (resource athletic director or individual sport coaches). LeagueKeeper effectively utilizes the power of the Internet to manage and disseminate information to the public such as:
-Conference Schedules
-Team Scores and Standings
-Sport and conference Guidelines
-Championship information
-Awards

Online-Offline Integration

Our company mission is to support our schools’ programs in critical ways through integrated service offerings – and many times, it comes down to raising revenue and school spirit in the easiest, timeliest ways possible.

8to18 program goals: Save precious time and energy, raise awareness and school spirit, raise funds

Spirit Wear


Team kits and other sport-specific apparel, school apparel, special events apparel, staff apparel

- High tech, easy-to-use online stores for teams, groups, or schools (no more handling order forms, cash, and hard checks)
- Superior, customized (and free!) designs by an elite design team
- Parents, students, and fans order/pay and even customize with numbers or names directly online
- Earn funds and/or apparel through sales
- Automatic reporting
- Minimal or no excess inventory – eliminate grunt work of folding, packaging, taking inventory, taking orders, handling sizing, handling returns
- Store promotion through 8to18 marketing channels
- Turn-key program: we handle all customer service and setup legwork

Local Value Cards


Card sales fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, school teams, and school groups.

- Best profit potental (Up to 90%!)
- Premium LOCAL merchant deals
- Great design, complete with multiple use deals and 1-3 single use key-tag offers
- Excellent incentive program to maximize sales
- Integration-friendly with 8to18 spirit wear (optional) and websites to maximize customer base and profit
- Turn-key program: we do all the legwork on the merchant procurement, card design and creation, and delivery

8to18 Cashback


Way to raise funds year-round, simply by taking two minutes to register and by you and your contacts shopping online. 1000s of large participating online merchants pay you and your contacts a percentage back to your organization from each purchase you make. There is literally no downside – free money for your program.

(Sampling of merchants: Amazon, Best Buy, Expedia, Macy’s, Home Depot, Under Armour, Footlocker, Staples)

- Maximize participation through 8to18 promotion on the school website, parent dashboard, local value cards, email alerts
- Easy registration – takes only minutes to set up
- Collect $ year-round
- Easily send to family, friends, and supporters – once someone signs up, you don’t need to do anything but shop and money goes to the organization

Advertising & Sponsorship

8to18 Media, Inc.’s unique content attracts a local, engaged and loyal readership.  Users are the communities that spend time and energy supporting the brands that support their daily lives. Our Audience instantly and purposefully engaged with content, allowing adjacency and alignment to become focused and targeted at an unparalleled level.

Campaigns are targeted at all levels of the network – from school specific to network wide.

IAB Standard Sizes

Top Leaderboard: 728×90
Small display ad: 125×125
Large rectangle: 300×250

Click here to visit our Sponsorship Page for more info.

Connect Your Brand

8to18, Inc. proves to be the partner that can bring your brand into the communities that support your goals. Campaign engagement occurs online and offline when utilizing our full toolbox!

Corporate Sponsorship
Connect with tens of thousands of influential, educated users each week
Athletic2000’s Corporate Sponsorship team will work with you to design a custom-tailored program to help your organization reach its financial, marketing and philanthropic goals in our unique, community-driven environment. Contact us and find out how easy it is to join other distinguished businesses and non-profit organizations that are already part of the Athletics2000 community.
Sponsorship vehicles can include:
• Digital advertising and sponsorship including ads, splash pages and online pre-rolls
• Electronic newsletters, delivered into the mailboxes of highly engaged, devoted fans of their respective community athletes and activities
• Offline place-based sponsorship space in and around events at our schools and programs
Sponsorship provides:
• Direct access to a difficult-to-reach, concentrated and affluent audience that includes consumers as well as many business decision-makers
• Important name recognition for your brand message among professionals and business leaders likely to be interested in your products and services
• Appreciation from your customers and peers who will recognize your commitment to the community and your support of their schools and children

Want to know more? Ask us how we can help – Contact Us below.

Contact Us

To contact us with any questions, comments or concerns, send us an email at: info@8to18.com.

1801 S Meyers
Suite 250
Oakbrook Terrace 60181, IL

Phone: (630) 324 8501
Fax: (630) 324 8510

IHSA to revise state finals schedule if Jewish team advances

The schedule for the Class 1A and 2A boys basketball state finals will be revised to avoid a religious conflict if Chicagoland Jewish High School of Deerfield qualifies, the IHSA said Thursday.

Chicagoland Jewish advanced to the finals of the Class 1A Mooseheart Sectional by beating the host school Wednesday and will play for the sectional title Saturday. The school then would have to win Tuesday’s Northern Illinois University Supersectional to reach the state finals March 8-9 at the Peoria Civic Center.

To avoid requiring Chicagoland Jewish to play on the Jewish Sabbath — from after sundown Friday to sundown Saturday — the revised schedule for Saturday, March 9 would shift the Class 2A state championship and third-place games to the first session (12:15 to 2 p.m.), with the Class 1A games to be played in the evening (6:30 and 8:15 p.m.).

The schedule for Friday, March 8 would remain unchanged, with the Class 1A semifinals being played at 12:15 and 2 p.m. and the Class 2A semifinals set for 6:30 and 8:15 p.m.

Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

Try These Scholarships for Hot and Not-So-Hot Majors By SCHOLARSHIP AMERICA

If you’ve struggled to choose a major, worried about finding a job after graduation, or are unsure if taking out hefty student loans is worth the investment, you aren’t alone. Fortunately, research is being conducted to help you make informed decisions as you embark on your college career.

The Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University outlined the results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Estimates in a 2012 report that described the financial returns and unemployment rates for various college majors. If you happen to be studying one of the top-earning majors, congratulations! But if your major falls on the low end of the salary and job-prospect scale, it may be time to rethink your future.

[Explore some hot majors with bright futures.]

Outlook: Not So Good.

Professions in the arts and humanities bear the brunt of an economy run aground.

The collapse of the housing market led to the highest rate of unemployment among majors discussed in the report, 13.9 percent, for recent architecture grads. If you’re in this area of study—and worried about your employment prospects—make out a list of the pros and cons of a switch to engineering. You just might find a new path to consider.

But if you have a passion for architecture and can’t imagine a future doing anything else, there’s a silver lining: scholarship opportunities. The American Architecture Foundation offers grants and scholarships to architecture students.

According to the report, anthropology and archeology majors bottomed out with a meager median salary of $28,000 for recent grads and an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent, and graduates with majors in film, video and photographic arts, fine arts, and religious studies faced higher unemployment rates and earned a paltry median salary of $30,000.

[Find out more about visual arts scholarships.]

The U.S. Department of State offers scholarship programs for students of all levels interested in cultural and language experiences. You’re a creative and motivated person; that’s what got you into the arts in the first place. Use those qualities to your advantage and you may find support in unexpected places. Do some digging in your local arts community and you will likely find ways to pursue your artistic endeavors, in and out of the classroom. Many community organizations will also sponsor exchanges and exhibitions for local artists.

[Learn which majors have the best return on investment.]

Outlook: Promising.

Not surprisingly, the report states majors with high scientific and technical content had the best job placement and salary prospects. According to the report, engineering majors had a 3.4 percent unemployment rate and the highest earnings for recent grads, an average of $55,000.

If you are thinking about earning a degree related to engineering, math, or computers, there are plenty of scholarships available from the Society of Women Engineers,IBM, and HoneywellThe Society for Science and the Publicand Intel also both support competitive programs for high school students interested in science and technology.

If you’re considering a major in science and technology you’d better be passionate about this field. Yes, the job prospects are great, but that comes at the price of many long weekends in the library and late nights in the lab. Degree programs in science and technology can be highly competitive and challenging, and workers in these fields are often expected to complete a higher degree to stay competitive in the field.

If you have no interest in a career in science and technology, you may find your calling in the fields of education, health care, or business.

According to the report, earning a bachelor’s degree in education and healthcare is more valuable than a degree in architecture, humanities, journalism, computers, social science, arts, or business, as far as job placement is concerned. Recent graduates with healthcare degrees see a 5.4 percent unemployment rate and the third-highest median salary, $43,000.

Two large organizations that recognize the sunny outlook for students in these fields are the National Education Associationand the National Science Foundation. They fund several scholarship programs for students majoring in education and the sciences.

If you have a sharp mind for decision-making and leadership and love working with people, a business degree can channel those qualities into a stable and rewarding career. Management information systems and statistics is a technology-oriented business major with a rapidly rebounding job market. With this degree, you can look forward to a 4.4 percent unemployment rate and high earnings, like the reported $74,000 enjoyed by experienced grads.

Unsure where to start your business scholarship search? TheUnited Negro College Fund, the Government Finance Officers AssociationFuture Farmers of America, and Women in Public Finance offer generous scholarships for business-related majors.

While economic factors may weigh heavily on your mind when choosing your career path, it’s important to choose a major that fits your interests as well as your budget. Striking a balance between personal fulfillment and financial security can be difficult to maneuver, but doing so can lead you to land a rewarding career in which you’ll excel.

Angela Frisk holds a bachelor of science degree from theUniversity of Minnesota—Twin Cities and is a former scholarship recipient. She joined Scholarship America in 2012.

Best High Schools in Illinois

Illinois high school juniors take the Prairie State Achievement Examination, which assesses reading, math, and science skills. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, students may receive financial help through the Illinois General Assembly Scholarship. Each assembly member nominates a few eligible students from his or her district for a scholarship to a state-supported university, such as Illinois State University.Illinois has many schools ranked in 2012 among the U.S. NewsBest High Schools, including 20 gold medal schools, 51 silver medal schools, and 84 bronze medal schools. Although the capital of Illinois is Springfield, the state’s biggest city is Chicago, home to the Chicago Public Schools.

Top Ranked IL Schools

 

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1Northside College Preparatory High School5501 NORTH KEDZIE AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60625

#2Walter Payton College Preparatory High School1034 NORTH WELLS ST, CHICAGO, IL 60610

#3Jones College Prep606 SOUTH STATE ST, CHICAGO, IL 60605

#4Whitney M. Young Magnet High School211 SOUTH LAFLIN ST, CHICAGO, IL 60607

#5Adlai E. Stevenson High School1 STEVENSON DR, LINCOLNSHIRE, IL 60069

#6Hinsdale Central High School5500 SOUTH GRANT ST, HINSDALE, IL 60521

#7Deerfield High School1959 WAUKEGAN RD, DEERFIELD, IL 60015

#8Lincoln Park High School2001 NORTH ORCHARD ST, CHICAGO, IL 60614

#9Lane Technical High School2501 WEST ADDISON ST, CHICAGO, IL 60618

#10John Hersey High School1900 EAST THOMAS AVE, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL 60004