NFL Foundation: Changing lives on and off the field

OTFB Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Today, we are starting a new series on the positives of the National Football League, its teams, its players and its communities. Each week we will focus on a team, along with a community leader, making a difference in their city or town. We will discuss the movement surrounding an event and the people who support making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack

The NFL Foundation is the League’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs.  Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game.


The NFL has league-wide initiatives that help give others a needed advantage or step on their journey. Find them on twitter @NFLFoundation

NFL Play 60

  • An in-school program designed to motivate kids to play for 60 minutes or more each day.
  • A youth health and wellness campaign promoting physical activity daily.
  • This program has impacted 4.5 million students in over 120,000 classrooms nationwide.

Crucial Catch

  • Committed to saving lives in under served communities.
  • Each October, teams elect to support either a specific cancer or multiple cancers.

Salute to Service

  • For decades there has been military appreciation each year.
  • More than $26,000,000 has been raised to fund programs and provide resources.

Player Foundation Grants

  • Supports the charitable and community service activities of current and former NFL players.
  • Benefiting more than 500,000 individuals across the country.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

  • Award recognizing a player for his excellence on and off the field and is among the League’s most prestigious awards.
  • 2018 winner is Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl Legacy Grants

  • To leave a positive impact long after players and fans have left town, the NFL gives $1,000,000 to each Super Bowl host city.

NFL Youth Education Town Grants

  • Available in several Super Bowl cities nationwide and Waianae, Hawaii.
  • Features classrooms, physical fitness zones, technology/multimedia labs, plus athletic and recreation fields.
  • Funded the refurbishment of youth football fields, capital improvements, youth football support and the development of health and wellness campaigns.

One thing you can do for your own health and wellness – is to play. Play for 60 minutes each day.

There is a lot of ‘good’ in the world. Let’s focus on the positive and smile, knowing that many are giving back. When we help each other, good things happen.


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