Press Release


Emmy Award-winning NFL 360 film “Searching for the Summit” screens at the Sun Valley Opera House on Thursday, June 16, 2022



KETCHUM, IDAHO—A year ago, NFL Los Angeles Raider and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Mark Pattison climbed Mt. Everest to complete his Seven Summit journey and raised significant funds for epilepsy awareness from which his daughter Emilia battles. Teaming up with Higher Ground to raise funds to fight epilepsy, Pattison’s journey was documented by NFL 360 to become a recent 2022 Emmy Award-winning film “Searching for the Summit” for Best Picture.


“The life and death stakes of Everest will always be compelling. But it’s the access to Mark’s emotional and spiritual journey makes this project truly special,” said NFL 360 Showrunner and Creative Director Trent Cooper. “We have followed Mark for years. He was wrestling with some things that many competitive athletes struggle with when their playing days end— A sense of purpose… Identity… He was brave enough to let us in.”


The evening will be hosted John Foley former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels, best-selling author of “Fearless Success,” an expert in the “How of High Performance” teams and “The Guru of Gratitude.” As a Blue Angel, Foley consistently performed in an extreme, high-stakes environment, flying at speeds of more than 500-miles per hour in formations as close as 18 inches apart. Following the screening Mark Pattison and John Foley will hold a Q&A discussion on the Sun Valley Opera House stage.


In addition, the screening will include a short music moment from Delta Blues country star Steve Azar. Azar is the Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi. He is a hit songwriter, recording artist, music producer, consultant, avid golfer and philanthropist whose musical sound traverses a blend of country, blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, a genre he calls “Delta Soul.”


“Searching for the Summit will screen on Thursday, June 16, at the Sun Valley Opera House. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a suggested donation of $10 at the door will benefit Higher Ground to help launch a new mountaineering skills program.


Click here for the “Searching for the Summit” trailer to learn more about this Emmy Award film, Mark Pattison’s Everest journey, and Higher Ground.