The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio was the site for the American Football Association's 34th Annual Semi-Pro Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Friday, June 27th. Eighteen individuals representing semi-pro football teams across the country were enshrined as 'legends' of their level.
- National Media Release #2 - click here
Note: Save the dates of June 25 & 26 for the AFA's 2015 Hall of Fame Inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
AFA Partners with HeartSine
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is by far the leading killer of adults in the world. In fact, if you tallied up ALL the other leading causes of death from the common cancers, traumas and diseases, it would not reach the 350,000 deaths in the US each year caused by SCA. While quality CPR is a critical link in the chain of survival for an SCA victim, using an AED to defibrillate the heart within 3-4 minutes is the key to a successful outcome....and the national average for EMS response is 10-11 minutes.
The American Football Association recently partnered with HeartSine, a world leader in the AED space, to bring this life saving technology to the sidelines for football teams. Player safety is one of the pillars of the AFA's mission and as a result, we are providing this new program to teams, specifically AFA members.
AFA Announces SaveAround Discount Coupons
What is SaveAround? Every day SaveAround presents you with the very best savings at fine establishments in your area. We're able to do this by guaranteeing participating merchants a minimum number of customers. Your purchase is combined with others and the resulting volume purchase is a form of "mutual funding". Every active AFA Alumni will receive an AFA branded coupon as part of their fulfillment package.
AFA Participates In Macy's Ninth Annual "Shop For A Cause"
Macy's and the American Football Assn invite customers to participate in Macy's ninth annual national "Shop For A Cause" charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Customers can participate in this year's event by purchasing shopping passes from the American Football Association now. To purchase a shopping pass from the American Football Association, just click Macy's Shopping Pass or email us at email@example.com.
AFA Announces Monthly Semipro Football Trivia Contest - The provider of the first correct response via email will receive a gift from the American Football Association.
Do you know this AFA Hall of Famer?
12) My first pro football experience was with the Wheeling Ironmen. Then played 8 seasons in the NFL with several teams. With the Bengals I got to the Super Bowl, but lost the game to another minor leaguer. Who am I?
Sam Wyche; I played against Wheeling in '67 when Sam was on their roster. Cutter McElligott
13) When I retired, due to a bad knee injury, I was the man at my position and am in the NFL HOF. I coached at least 12 years at various levels minor league/semi-pro football winning 4 championships. I would've liked to coach in the NFL, but was never asked.
Research provided by AFA Historian, Steve Brainerd
New Weekly Feature: Semipro Football History Articles By Steven M. Brainerd, AFA Historian
It's Now Official - the American Football Association Now Offers AFLAC - AFA members now have discounted rates for Aflac benefits available to them. This plan is perfect for football players needing accident coverage. There are also special opportunities for billing where AFA team owners can pay premiums for their players. Please contact Amy Peters @ 518-331-1309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries and application...AFLAC Brochure (click here)
- Custom Etched Rosewood Ring Display Box
- Crystal Prism Clock
- Men's Fossil Watch
The AFA's Online Auction Now Open! - The online portion of AFA Monthly Auction is now open. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Now is your chance to not only get all the great items you want, but to do it knowing you are helping support our organization and mission. Just click: AFA Online Auction.
Donating items to our auction catalog is a great way to support our fundraising auction effort. We appreciate any items you donate as well as any items you round up and submit on behalf of other donors. https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Donate.action?auctionId=220428412
AFA Marketplace: AFA logo merchandise is now available by clicking http://mkt.com/american-football-association
We recently partnered with SCORE
and we suggest that you do so also. The SCORE Association
"Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association comprised of 13,000+ volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service. Email me if you need help connecting with your local SCORE counselors. Dave Burch (SCORE Mentor)
American Football Association Hall of Fame - We continue to get phone calls about rings and requests from folks confused about membership in the AFA's Hall of Fame. It appears that after 34 years, a few folks still do not understand the AFA's Hall of Fame membership process. As a result, we have edited and published a more readable copy of our prerequisites and inductees from day one at American Football Association Hall of Fame Listing. By the way, we do NOT process hall of fame ring orders; our supplier Jostens does that for us!
AFA News & Media Clips
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAS VEGAS, NV - An East Coast, West Coast rivalry is starting to take shape here between the defending AFA 8 Man National Champion Silver State Assassins (GWFL) and the St. Louis Stars (8FL). Round two is set to begin on July 19, 2014 in 'The City That Never Sleeps!'.
The Assassins took it to the Stars for the first ever national championship of the 8 man level in 2013 here in Vegas with a final of 32-20. St. Louis looks to seek redemption from that loss, but the Assassins look to make yet another championship run.
Coming off their impressive conference championship win versus the Nevada Dream (AFA Member) 57-19, giving the Assassins their third straight conference crown.
The title game will take place at the Assassins new home, The Las Vegas Indoor Sports Center, located at 3055 S. Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV. 89119. Kickoff is at 8pm; General admission is $10 per person, children 11 years and under are free.
Semipro football: Ashcraft enters 25th season as coach for Red & Black
By JOSH ST.CROIX
PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2014 AT 12:30 AM
WATERTOWN - Very few things remain constant in the world of semipro football. Personnel changes from day to day, week to week, year to year, and there are no guarantees as to who you might see suiting up from one practice to the next.
But for 25 years, George Ashcraft has remained the face of the Watertown Red and Black. Ashcraft - who recently turned 59 years old - is entering his 25th year of coaching for the nation's oldest semipro football team.
The Red and Black will open its 118th regular season with a 7 p.m. game Saturday at Glens Falls.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley goes to bat for coach Clay Hampton and the Blazing Hawks football team Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was moved by the story of how long-time coach and community activist Clay Hampton lost his home - and most of the equipment belonging to the Charleston Blazing Hawks semi-pro football team - to a devastating fire in March. Riley thinks the rest of the Charleston community will be just as moved........
CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA).
Now is the time when many football organizations are selecting their fundraisers for the fall. Our fundraisers can help each and every AFA football team raise the money they need to be a successful program.
The AFA has partnered with us because we offer a unique and different kind of fundraiser. Here's why:
* Low upfront cost and you keep 70% profit
* Based on the excitement of your favorite sports
* Easy to manage - no inventory or fulfillment
* Your supporters can win $1000's in prizes
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. Checkout the Elmhurst Travelers AFA Alumni Club
Vistaprint - Visit our AFA Vistaprint Marketing Center for Business Cards, Marketing Materials and branded print products.
AFA SmartPhone App - The AFA Smartphone App is now available for download at Google
Wilson NFL Footballs... New Wilson Footballs are now in stock. The price is $65/ball or $390 per case for new balls plus $20 shipping and handling for a total of $410 per case of six...to download form, click Wilson NFL Footballs.
Broadcast Channel Goes Live - The AFA's live broadcast channel capability for video webcasts is now available for PCs, iPads and, Smartphones. Featured video includes weekly vintage and live video webcasts of events such as the Pottstown Firebirds Super Bowl Special, Kalamazoo Tornadoes AFA Championship, Past AFA Hall of Fame Inductions, AFA Member Game Broadcasts and special announcements. These broadcasts can also be accessed at....Steve Weed Productions
From the Archives, Pottstown Firebirds Videos (click links to view)
AFA Membership Programs
| |2014 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member? Alumni Membership Fulfillment packages are on the way to recent alumni membership applicants. This year's package contains a SaveAround discount savings card as well as the Hall of Fame Nomination form. Membership remains at $25 per individual and 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 Semi-Pro Football Alumni Club is co-sponsored by the AFA National Association and the Members of the AFA Hall of Fame Alumni. Just click AFA Online Signup
or return application card via US Mail..........
Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email email@example.com with your interest.
Coming Soon - AFA Legacy Program/Planned Giving managed via Merrill Lynch. Planned Giving through the American Football Association allows you to align what you love in your life to what you want reflected in your legacy.
Now Soliciting 2014 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2014 season. We are proud to have the National Public Safety, Empire Football, Ironman Football, Mason Dixon Football, Southern Plains Football and American Public Safety Football Leagues as the first leagues to join as members to join for 2014. When entire leagues join they automatically receive an auction fund raiser donation on the AFA's Auction Site. The annual membership fee to join the AFA remains $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking: AFA Team/League Memberships or pay online http://mkt.com/american-football-association
American Football Association Benefits, Inc
The America Football Association recently established major partnerships with insurance companies to make comprehensive coverage products available for all AFA Alumni. AFA Alumni and where applicable their spouses and dependents, can now apply for insurance at competitive group rates. It's now easy to join the AFA and apply for affordable insurance coverage with a special discount for being an AFA Alumni. For more info, please call 877-624-4485 or email AFABenefitsInc@americanfootballassn.com.
About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 34th 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.