Wednesday, April 14, 2010

AFA Newsletter April 15, 2010

American Football Association AFA Newsletter April 15, 2010
In This Issue:
•   30th Anniversary AFA Hall Of Fame Induction Announced June 24 – June 25
•   Elmhurst Travelers Semi-Pro Football Team 40 Years Existence
•   Free AFA Alumni Club Membership Program Extended
•   AFA Misrepresentations
•   AFA Member League News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
30th Anniversary AFA Hall Of Fame Induction Announced June 24 – June 25
As stated in previous releases, the AFA's Board of Directors decided in October to establish an annual recurring time frame for Hall of Fame Inductions as June of each year. Hold the date of June 24 & 25, 2010 for the American Football Association's 30th Anniversary Hall of Fame Inductions in Chicago, IL. More info details to follow.

Please also note that consistent with our process from previous years, Hall of Fame nomination ballots will go out to all active AFA Alumni the next 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'

Webcast video of the 2009 Hall of Fame Inductions:
Segment #1:
Segment #2:

View 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Photo Slide Show:

2009 National Press Release....
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
Semi-pro football team sprouts up in Albert Lea
Albert Lea Tribune - Apr 3, 2010
The Southern Plains Football League is a semi-pro league and consists of four teams, the Dakota Doom, a team from Elkton, SD, the Buffalo Ridge Wildcats,

These women pay the price to play football
Chicago Tribune - David Murray - Apr 10, 2010
... and coaches were apprehensive about some of their players - not to mention the seemingly infinite loose ends that attend semi-pro football.

+ Semi-pro Football HQ Scoreboard
+ Please submit corrections and omissions to
+ Copyright (c) 1998-2009, Joe Hulsebus

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
AFA Misrepresentations
We continue to focus our attention on organizations that have characterized themselves as associates of the American Football Association………American Football News Today, the Ron Real Trophy, the American Football Hall of Fame, the Minor Pro Hall of Fame, Minor League Football News Hall of Fame, etc.

As a result of this and previous incidents, the AFA Board of Directors and family of the late Ron Real want to formally state for the record 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.

We plan to continue this message in an effort to eliminate confusion, alert the national media, and to further protect the organization, the Real Family, and the general public at large.
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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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