Sunday, May 09, 2010


American Football Association AFA Newsletter May 11, 2010
In This Issue:
•   Elmhurst Travelers Semi-Pro Football Team 40 Years Existence
•   Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program Extended
•   2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Tickets
•   AFA Member League News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook

The AFA announced today that they are reviewing nominations of those individuals who have been singled out for enshrinement into the national association's "Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame" . . . Class of 2010. The process involves reviewing bios of each potential inductee prior to presentation to the selection committee. The national association will then contact each new inductee by mail before releasing all of the names to the public. The public announcement is expected to come later in the week.

Over the past 29 years the AFA has inducted 612 devoted and deserving former 341 players; 98 coaches; 78 executives; 26 officials; 21 pioneers; 20 media/historians; 12 trainer/equipment men; 6 associated with youth football; 5 involved with international semi-pro; 4 from the women's level; and even 1 'super fan'.

This year's Class of Hall of Famers will be honored at the AFA's 30th Anniversary Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Dinner which will take place at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Oak Brook, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois June 24 - June 25, 2010.

Prelim Events Scheduled:
• Annual AFA/HoF Legends - meet the new inductees "Alumni Huddle Cocktail Party - 7pm Thursday, June 24th

• AFA Board of Directors Meeting - 10am Friday, June 25th

• 30th Annual AFA Semi Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner - 7pm Dinner (Cocktails 6pm) Friday, June 25th

Guests will be responsible for calling the hotel directly at 1-800-HILTONS or 1-630-941-0100 and making their own guest room reservations. Room rates are $89 single/double. The special room rate will be available until June 1st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Be sure to mention that you are connected with the American Football Association (by name) to take advantage of the AFA's discount room rate.

To book online click

Complete & mail in the form below to purchase Hall of Fame Dinner tickets by June 1st.[1].pdf
American Football Association
Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program Extended
2010 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
For the next 60 days, AFA Alumni Club Membership is basically free. Upon completing the mail in application, you will receive a $25 gift certificate as part of your membership package.

AFA Membership is open to anyone and everyone that, at one time or another, had been (or still is) involved with a semi-pro team and/or league. The AFA Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. If you are interested in a 2010 membership application, just click:

2010 AFA Team & League Membership
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2010 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA is $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee

"Our most valued asset has been the investment we made for membership in the American Football Association. Your guidance during our recent fundraising drive netted our team a return of over $4000 - Daris Steen of the Florida Makos"

"The AFA is the only organization in the country that offers the level of services and a "Masters Degree" level of knowledge and education to the Semi-Pro football community. Any Semi-Pro team that is not a member in good standing with the AFA is doing their team a disservice. On behalf of Rev.Gary Wilder (President of the Palm Beach Makos & Florida Makos), our coaches, staff, and the entire Makos family. We send you a huge level of gratitude. "

Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:

Blem Football Program Has Resumed for AFA Member Teams:

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AFA Member League News Clips
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Roberson is the new energetic hub of community based sports activity. Check out Champions!, a celebration of Binghamton, New York's rich sports history. This exhibit will be on display for the next 12 months. The Empire Football League's TC Jets are prominently featured in this exhibit along with a continuous running video of the Albany Mallers vs. Jets 1997 EFL Championship. Next time you're in Binghamton, stop by to visit Roberson Museum's CHAMPIONS Exhibit. Click to view pictures

If you play in a league or on a team of any kind you need to sign up for ALLSPORTS INJURY COVERAGE today. Don't get stuck with the bills and financial burdens an injury can bring. ALLSPORTS has insurance designed just for athletes for only $19 a month. Sign-up only takes about 5 minutes... and coverage starts right away. The entire sign-up process is online. You don't have to talk to an agent and no physical is required. Check it out:

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Elmhurst Travelers Semi-Pro Football Team 40 Years Existence
Aside from the AFA National Association's concerns for bringing recognition to today's market of semi-pro type teams and leagues - its desire to keep alive the memories of those who were associated with this level of the sport for the past 100 years has come to the forefront in the formation of the AFA's Alumni Clubs. Operating under the umbrella of the AFA's non-profit tax exempt corporation, the American Football Association has begun issuing "Charters" to team, regional and state alumni organization who qualify for official Alumni Club status.

During their first 38 years of existence, the Elmhurst Travelers forged a record of 292 wins, 79 losses, 29 ties and 11 undefeated seasons; they averaged 8 wins per season. In 1967 after 40 years of existence, George Kulton (AFA HoF Class of '86) owner and coach of the Elmhurst Travelers semi-pro football team retired and sold the franchise to Rockford, Illinois then becoming the Rockford Rams.

Please note picture of Elmhurst Travelers Jackets. Stars indicate "championships" and "bursts" indicate teams played for/awards. These jackets can be provided for any team, colors make no difference. If anyone is interested in pricing, please contact Jerry Schropp ( at 847-364-9348.

We want to congratulate the chartered Elmhurst Travelers Alumni Organization which was organized by Roman Strzala ( Hall of Fame Class of 2002. This newly formed alumni club has established a set of by-laws and has developed a process for submitting nominees to the AFA's Hall of Fame. We use this organization as a model and best practice for how to establish Alumni Clubs. A separate website is being setup to recognize Alumni Clubs as we continue to grow our network of semi pro alumni.
Elmhurst Travelers
2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Tickets
Enshrinement Festival Fan Packages......
The AFA has access to a few packages with tickets to the Enshrinement and Game, plus several other Enshrinement Festival events including; Enshrinees Dinner, Timken Grand Parade, Enshrinees Gameday Roundtable, & Tailgate Parties!

If interested, send an email to Please, only serious inquiries.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 -Enshrinement Saturday, August 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM ET
- Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio)
- Class of 2010: Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little, John Randle, Jerry Rice, and Emmitt Smith
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About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 29th year of operation and is dedicated to the advancement of adult (semi-pro) football from coast-to-coast. Our slogan is Semi Pro & Proud®. We are not affiliated with any other national semi-pro/minor league organization (Minor League Football News, American Football News Today, American Football Hall of Fame, Minor Pro Hall of Fame, etc). The AFA, Hall of Fame, American Football News™ and AFA logo design are registered trademarks of the American Football Association. All other AFA-related trademarks are trademarks of the American Football Association.  American Football Association

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