The American Cornhole League (ACL) is excited to announce that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, former NFL receiver and winner of season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette”, star NFL lineman Dion Dawkins, and fitness influencer Callie Bundy will be going head-to-head alongside ACL pro partners in the second SuperHole III prelim hosted in Atlantic City for a chance to compete in the SuperHole III Championship in August. The second prelim is being hosted at 2022 ACL Cornhole Mania from March 18th-20th at the Showboat Hotel, the second of four National tournaments of the year for ACL Pro Players, with over $65,000 in prizes on the line. The SuperHole III prelim and Cornhole Mania finals will be airing Sunday, March 20th from 7-10 pm EST on ESPN2.
What started out as an annual ACL Pro/Celebrity event played the Friday before the Big Game – the two previous SuperHole events have featured well known football stars Doug Flutie, Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, Rashad Jennings, Mac Jones and Devonta Smith – has evolved into a multi-event cornhole “SuperHole” series consisting of 6 different prelims throughout the year. The first was hosted in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay on February 11th, with former NFL Running Back Terry Kirby beating out poker icon Phil Hellmuth, CBS’ S.W.A.T. star David Lim, and Pawn Stars’ favorite Austin “Chumlee” Russell for a chance to compete in the championship. The series will culminate with the SuperHole III Championship that will be hosted alongside the ACL World Championships this August from the ACL Headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The 6 prelims that the ACL is hosting will determine the finalists for the championship, which will feature a total of 8 celebrity / ACL pro doubles teams. The celebrities will also be able to donate a share of $100,000 to their charity of choice based on where they finish at the championship. At last year’s SuperHole II Doug Flutie, alongside his ACL Pro partner Matt Guy, took home the title and is invited to return to compete as the defending champion at the SuperHole III Championship. In addition, ESPN’s Marty Smith and ACL Pro Ryan Smith will receive invitations as defending celebrity team champions at last year’s ACL World Championships.
The American Cornhole League is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, with broadcast deals with ESPN and CBS / CBS Sports, as well as a television deal with NBC Sports through USA Cornhole. The league has over 150,000 players worldwide and counting. The ACL’s strong sponsor support includes Johnsonville along with Bush’s, Bacardi Spiced, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Discount Tire and AllCornhole.com, amongst others.
“This year for SuperHole we wanted to give fans more of what they love – celebrities and athletes playing cornhole alongside the pros,” said Stacey Moore, Founder of American Cornhole League. “Not only does it generate additional crossover appeal, but it really highlights just how good our pros are – just because you’re a professional in one sport doesn’t mean you can just take on the best on the cornhole boards.”
“The rest of the competitors better watch out – I’ve been putting in the time on the boards practicing,” said Dale Moss, former NFL receiver and winner of season 16 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette”. “I’m looking forward to showing these guys what I’ve got.”
“I’ve watched from afar as other current and former NFL players took their shot on the cornhole boards,” remarked star NFL lineman Dion Dawkins. “Now it’s my turn – and I’m confident Terry Kirby is going to have some competition from another gridiron star at the championships later this year.”
“I’m excited to show these guys what an All-American chick can do,” added Callie Bundy, fitness influencer. “If you don’t know from following my Instagram, I can make a mean trick shot with a football – but my repertoire goes way beyond the pigskin and I can’t wait to show off what I can do with a cornhole bag.”
The American Cornhole League hosts competition and tournaments across the amateur, collegiate, and pro ranks with thousands of players taking part every year. For additional information on how to participate visit iplaycornhole.com.