National Football League Foundation

The National Football League (NFL) Foundation, previously known as NFL Charities, is a non-profit making charitable organization, established by the member clubs of the National Football League (NFL) in 1973. It enables the clubs to collectively make grants to charitable and worthwhile causes at a national level.

NFL Foundation
NFL Foundation logo
Logo of NFL Foundation
Charlotte Jones Anderson
Susie Spanos, Steve Tisch, Michael Bidwill, Kim Pegula, Art Rooney II, Leonard Wilf

Youth initiatives

The NFL Foundation works with USA Football to teach children the fundamentals of playing football safely. To help do so, the Foundation gives grants to youth and high school football teams.[1]

Working with USA Football, the NFL Foundation also developed NFL FLag, a non-tackle version of football.[2][3]

The NFL Foundation is also responsible for creating a program called FUNdamentals which introduces the game of football to kids who have never played the sport before.[4]

Heads Up Football

USA Football created Heads Up Football, in part funded by the NFL Foundation, to focus on improving several areas of football that relates to the safety of the players. This program teaches coaches better safety procedures and proper tackling drills. The NFL Foundation, as well as USA Football, have claimed that the program has helped reduce injuries by 76 percent and concussions by about 30 percent. However, research cited by the Foundation shows that Heads Up Football has shown no reduction of concussions and a significantly lower effect on injuries than claimed.[5]

Grants and charitable work

Grants amounting to $10 million each year are donated to organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the American Heart Association. One of the youngest athletes to donate to the Boys and Girl Club is Jacquese Williams.[6]

The NFL foundation supports several charitable initiatives:

  • Play 60 – An initiative aimed at getting kids out and playing for 60 minutes to help fight obesity.
  • A Crucial Catch – The NFL foundation partnered with the American Cancer society in an effort to raise awareness. Every October the NFL also participates in raising awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink on their uniforms.
  • Salute to service – The NFL Foundation provides grants to supports those who have served or are currently serving in our military.
  • Player Foundation Grants – The NFL Foundation provides grants that give assistance to those currently in the NFL and to those who have previously played in the NFL.
  • Super Bowl Legacy Grants – The NFL Foundation gives the city that hosted the Super Bowl one million dollars as a grant.[7]


NFL Charities
The previous logo when the charity was known as NFL Charities

The current chair of NFL Foundation, Charlotte Jones Anderson, was appointed chairman by the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in December 2012.[8] Charlotte Jones Anderson is also the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Dallas Cowboys.


  1. ^ NFL Foundation commits $45 million to USA Football programs, retrieved January 22, 2019
  2. ^ Titans, USA Football Award Grants to Local Youth Football Programs, retrieved January 22, 2019
  3. ^ NFL Foundation Awards $45 Million for Youth Football, retrieved January 22, 2019
  4. ^ "Youth Football - NFL Foundation". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  5. ^ N.F.L.-Backed Youth Program Says It Reduced Concussions. The Data Disagrees., retrieved January 22, 2019
  6. ^ "Message from the Commissioner". NFL Join The Team. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  7. ^ "Community - NFL Foundation". Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  8. ^ "NFL FOUNDATION". Dallas Cowboys. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2017-05-05.

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Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award is awarded annually to a high school football head coach in the United States that displays "the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula." It was created by the National Football League Foundation and first awarded for 2010, known then as the Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award, and coaches from the high school, college, and professional levels were eligible to receive it. It became an exclusively high school award in 2011 when it was awarded as part of the 1st Annual NFL Honors. Each of the 32 teams in the National Football League nominate a high school coach for each season's award. Two finalists each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation with $10,000 going to the schools' football programs.

Jason Taylor (American football)

Jason Paul Taylor (born September 1, 1974) is a former American football defensive end and outside linebacker who spent the majority of his career with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Over the course of his 15-year career, Taylor played for the Dolphins on three separate occasions (1997–2007, 2009 and 2011), and also played a season each for the Washington Redskins (2008) and New York Jets (2010). Taylor has the fourth most forced fumbles of all time with 47, and is tied for the NFL record for fumble recoveries (with Jim Marshall) with 29. He is seventh on the all-time career sack list with 139.5 sacks and is the all-time leader in fumble return touchdowns with six, and interceptions returned for touchdowns by a defensive lineman with three, while his 246 fumble return yards are the fourth-highest total in NFL history. With nine career touchdowns scored, he is also the all-time leader in that category for defensive linemen. He officially announced his retirement on December 28, 2011.

Taylor was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Akron Zips of the University of Akron before being drafted in the third round, thirteenth pick (73rd overall), in the 1997 NFL Draft by Miami.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first- or second-team All-Pro, Taylor was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2007, and was selected to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, his first year of eligibility.

Michael Bidwill

Michael Bidwill (born December 6, 1964) is an American businessman, prosecutor, and football executive. He is the current president of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). After practicing law for six years as a federal prosecutor, Michael Bidwill joined the Arizona Cardinals organization in 1996 as Vice President/General Counsel. Today he serves as team President, a position he had held since 2007.


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