NFL Alumni Foundation Mission Statement
NFL Alumni Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization composed of former professional football players, owners, coaches, administrators and cheerleaders who have joined together to support youth charities. Additionally, Associate Members play an integral role in supporting the charity and educational goals of the NFL Alumni.
The NFL Alumni advances its mission of CARING FOR KIDS through hundreds of fund raising, community-service and social events each year. The organization’s largest and most high-profile activities include: the Charity Golf Tour, Super Bowl of Golf, Evening with the Legends, Youth of America Week and Super Bowl Weekend.
NFL Alumni Foundation Board of Directors
Super Bowl of Golf
The principal innovation of the NFL Alumni Foundation Golf Tour is the Super Bowl of Golf, or SBOG. Each year, all winning teams from the tournament series receive all-expense paid invitations to the championship playoff, held at a warm-weather resort the following spring. The SBOG dovetails with the NFL Alumni’s Annual Meeting and alternates each year between an East and West coast site.
The winning teams from the 2010 Charity Golf Tour earned automatic berths to SBOG XXXI, which was held April 30, 2011 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter was crowned SBOG XXXI Champions after winning a one hole shootout.
Evening with the Legends
Each year, the NFL Alumni honors its own at the Evening With the Legends Dinner. Held during the NFL Alumni’s Annual Meeting, the Evening With the Legends Dinner honors Career Achievement Award winners and inducts new members into the NFL Alumni’s Order of the Leather Helmet.
Since 1978, the NFL Alumni has recognized 68 Order of the Leather Helmet inductees for their “substantial contributions to professional football.” Since 1981, the NFL Alumni has presented Career Achievement Awards to 30 former players for “accomplishments on and off the field that reflect the higher values promoted by the organization.”
Youth of America Week
Each fall, Youth of America Week turns the spotlight on the types of activities NFL Alumni members perform with no fanfare all year long. Youth of America week began more than two decades ago when the NFL Alumni coordinated all of its chapters to participate simultaneously across the country in youth-related community-service activities. In 1983, NFL alumnus and Congressman Jack Kemp introduced a resolution that passed unanimously in both houses of Congress proclaiming the first week of the NFL preseason as NFL Alumni Youth of America Week. On August 23, then-President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation.
Since then, the NFL Alumni has involved hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Youth of America activities ranging from chaperoning youths to sporting events and putting on football clinics to hosting picnics and visiting kids in hospitals, schools and detention centers. In 2009, NFL Alumni members around the country gave away nearly 30,000 toys while participating in one or more of the organization’s 50 Youth of America Week activities.
To find out how you can help during Youth of America Week, contact the national office at 954-630-2100 or a chapter near you. For more information visit our Chapters section.
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