CAK Warrior Network in NFHS Founders Club

Julya JohnsonOur Town Youth, West Knox County

Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Warrior Network, a student-led broadcasting team, has been named to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Network’s Founders Club!

This is a big honor as CAK is among only 50 schools nationwide to be named to the club, an honor acknowledging the Warrior Network’s impact on the network streaming over one million events since its inception in 2008.

“When we started the NFHS Network, we knew there was a significant demand for a platform like ours,” PlayOn! Sports CEO and founder David Rudolph said.

“High schools have some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, and they covet the ability to cheer on the student-athletes and schools they support when they cannot physically be in attendance. Our Founders Club represents some of our company’s biggest champions and will continue to be integral to our growth.”

CAK Warrior Network teacher John Sessoms holds the Founders Club banner.

Warrior Network teacher John Sessoms said his team is honored to be among the 50 schools that played a part in hitting the NFHS one million streamed events milestone. “Congrats to all of the students who played a vital role in making this happen, and thank you to the late Jim Blackwell, who was instrumental in launching the Warrior Network.”

As part of the Founders Club, each school receives a banner to hang along with an official certification marking the honor.

All of the schools are part of the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program, which provides schools with the software and tools needed to produce and broadcast professional-grade events online, including sports, graduations, news, guest speakers, interviews and award ceremonies.

“This has been vital during this time of Covid-19,” said Sessoms, “when we have been offering a streaming option of a high number of events.”

Rudolph said it’s fantastic to see high school stadiums and gyms packed with fans again, “But for those fans that live out of state, are tied up with business travel, or simply can’t make it to an event in person, we’ll continue to keep them covered.”

Julya Johnson is director of marketing & communications for Christian Academy of Knoxville.

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