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AFA Newsletter September 23, 2010

American Football Association AFA Newsletter September 23, 2010
In This Issue:
•   News from Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance
•   Attempts To Use AFA Founder, Ron Real's Name Continue
•   Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program
•   Ambit Energy
•   AFA Member League News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
News from Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance
News from Sadler Sports & Recreation Insurance
New Web Training Videos
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• How to Implement An Abuse/Molestation Risk Management Program (For Administrators Only)
• Sports Risk Management Awareness Training (For Administrators and Staff)
• Abuse/Molestation Awareness Training (For Administrators and Staff)

Sports Organization Risk Management Plans - Documents
• Sample Basic Plan
• Sample Intermediate Plan
• Sample Advanced Plan
• Sample Abuse/Molestation Plan
American Football Association
Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program
2010 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
For the next 6 months, 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

AFA Member Team Fund Raiser:
Since 2006, Macy's Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $34 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

Through Shop for a Cause, Macy's provides participating organizations with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Organizations keep 100% of every ticket sold. Pass holders will enjoy 20% or 10% off most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, plus 25% off one regular, sale or clearance item in men's, women's or kids apparel or accessories. Some exclusions apply, see pass for details. By purchasing a shopping pass to the event, customers will be supporting their favorite cause while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment, special events and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

Please contact us at if your organization is interested in participating in this fund raiser

Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:

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AFA Member League News Clips
Kragthorpe: Blechen, as in wreckin' — Ute safety makes name known
By Kurt Kragthorpe
Tribune Columnist
Published Sep 20, 2010 02:23PM

Brian Blechen will turn 19 only next week, after starting his fourth game as Utah's strong safety.
"It takes a mature 18 year old to do what he's done," said his father, Robert Blechen.
Yet that's not even close to the most impressive age-related achievement for a football player in his family.
This discovery of yet another quarterback who's making an impact for the Utes defensively comes complete with the story of Blechen's grandfather, who played semipro football in southern California until he was 67. Even now, as he nears his 75th birthday, with both knees having been replaced, Bob Blechen says a comeback is "tempting."
Mix in a father and older brother who were known for their hard-hitting approaches and the portrait emerges of a natural defensive player who marketed himself as a college QB prospect, but must have known where he truly belonged.
Brian Blechen may miss quarterbacking, but this response to why he likes football says everything about his game: "I love just being able to hit people and not get in trouble for it."
Even beyond his game-changing interception against Pittsburgh, Blechen is establishing himself as a Ute fixture. He looks more imposing than his 6-foot-2, 203-pound listing suggests and makes plays all over the field.
How do the Utes do this? In the tradition of Paul Kruger, now a defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens, they have linebacker Chad Manis and Blechen as defensive stars who once were scholarship quarterbacks.
Note: Bob Blechen is a member of the AFA's Hall of Fame Class of '90

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

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Attempts To Use AFA Founder, Ron Real's Name Continue
Unfortunately, despite previous communications from the Family of the late Ron Real stating their position, the distraction of organizations/individuals attempting to use the name of Ron Real for a trophy/championship game continues. This is not only sickening and but also extremely disrespectful! NO means NO !

After just celebrating our 30th Anniversary, the many achievements of our founder Ron Real and 600 plus Hall of Fame members, and the positive image at our level that we continue to promote, the seriousness of this issue has become more paramount. We will continue to distance ourselves from organizations that characterize themselves as associates of the American Football Association………American Football News Today, the Ron Real Trophy, the Minor Pro Hall of Fame, Minor League Football News Hall of Fame, etc.

The AFA Board of Directors and family of the late Ron Real once again state that these groups/initiatives are unauthorized and have nothing to do with the AFA, the AFA Semi-pro Football Hall of Fame or the AFA's American Football News™ created by the late Ron Real, founder of the AFA.
Ron Real
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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 30th 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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