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AFA Newsletter March 28, 2011

American Football Association AFA Newsletter March 28, 2011
In This Issue:
•   AFA Hall of Fame Inductions June 23rd - 24th
•   2011 AFA Team & League Membership Campaign
•   AFA Membership Programs
•   Sponsor: Ambit Energy
•   AFA News Clips
•   Join Us On Facebook
AFA Hall of Fame Inductions June 23rd - 24th
Hold June 23rd - 24th 2011 Date
As mentioned previously, to facilitate planning the AFA established an annual recurring time frame for Hall of Fame Inductions of the last week of June. Hold the date of June 23rd & 24th for this year's 31st Annual Hall of Fame Inductions! The site will be Canton, Ohio; stay tuned for venue announcements and program agenda. Nomination ballots will go out in April to all active alumni.

American Football Association Hall of Fame Nomination Prerequisites:
•Individuals cannot self nominate
•Individuals seeking to submit a nomination must be 'members in good standing' (dues paying members) of the AFA's Alumni Assn or an AFA Member League.
•Players are eligible only upon retirement as an active player after 5 years.
•To eliminate confusion with other Hall of Fame organizations (e.g. Pro Football HoF, et. al.), current membership in another hall of fame automatically disqualifies a potential nominee to the AFA's Hall of Fame
AFA Membership Programs
2011 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member?
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. 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 2011 membership application, just click:

2011 AFA Team & League Membership
Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2011 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA is $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee. Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:

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AFA News Clips
American Football Association Hall of Fame Jackets - Now Available !!!
Recently I had the opportunity to chat with the owner of Chicago Knitting Mills regarding design and manufacture of AFA's Hall of Fame jacket. During our conversation I mentioned that I purchased a fraternity sweater from Logan Knitting Mills in 1967 and it still looks brand new. The owner, Bob Sol then responded that he had previously partnered with Logan Knitting Mills but decided to start his current business once Logan Knitting Mills went out of business in the late 1960's.

Needless to say, I immediately gave him permission to be exclusive distributor for design/production of the American Football Association's football jackets because of my personal experience with the quality of his work over the years, including the jackets he did for the Elmhurst Travelers Alumni Club 2 years ago. Interesting how things are connected ......Bob was very pleased to hear how satisfied I was with his previous products!

With that said, we are pleased to announce that AFA Hall of Fame jackets are now available for purchase directly from Chicago Knitting Mills.....and yes, they do have the plus sizes 2X -- 5X! Just send an email to to obtain an order form.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Keith Ballard, AFA Hall of Fame Class of 2010 for initiating this project; I can tell you he's really excited about his jacket!

Greenjackets return 'home' to Empire Football League
Glens Falls Post-Star - Mar 24, 2011
MOREAU -- The prospect of increased travel and expenses prompted the Glens Falls Greenjackets to return to the Empire Football League earlier this month. After six seasons in the North American Football League, the Jackets have returned to the semipro ...

Empire Football League grows for 2011
Plattsburgh Press Republican - Mar 22, 2011
Five teams who weren't in the Empire Football League last season will take the field in 2011. The EFL announced that the Syracuse Shock, Elmira Evolution, Albany Metro Mallers, Glens Falls Greenjackets

Area police and firefighters play for semi-pro football team
Sun Star Courier - Mar 24, 2011
By Faith Hampton, Sun News
Dave Mordarski is an EMS worker who plays semi-professional football for the Cleveland Warriors.

Semipro football: Bobcats punch playoff ticket
TCPalm - Mar 24, 2011
By staff report Lasaun Davis threw two touchdown passes and ran for another Saturday as Treasure Coast defeated the Space Coast Predators 34-7 in Melbourne.

George Martin on Sirius NFL Radio Discusses meetings with NFL and NFLPA leaders
Listen to the interview by clicking here:

Transcript - On his message to the owners at the Annual Meeting last week:
First of all, the audience was very impressive in and of itself, including the 32 owners as you pointed out as well as the general managers and head coaches. I think it marks a new era in at least the NFL Alumni's development that we were able to put forth an agenda that talked about the increased benefits that we are hoping to gain under my administration. We also talked about the long-term care that was passed earlier this month which we all applauded as alumni, and we also talked about disability benefits and how we can ease the pain and suffering of many of our alumni and make sure that we streamline the process as well. So it was a very positive meeting that was very well received, and on behalf of my members and constituents, we were just pleased with the results.
This year we will experience 4 unusual dates.... 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 .... NOW go figure this out.... take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be THIS year and it WILL EQUAL TO 111
+ Semi-pro Football HQ Scoreboard
New features at . In the upper right hand corner of our home page is a "Search this Site" button with which you can search 12.5 years of information accumulated for player names, coaches, teams, leagues, etc.
Additionally, you can now view 2010 league champions from the 79 semi-pro football leagues across the USA.
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2011 AFA Team & League Membership Campaign

Now is the time to renew your AFA Team and League Memberships for 2011.
-Opportunity to participate in the AFA's 2 Million Dollar General Liability Insurance Program; leagues receive insurance for league administrators with 100% team membership
-Ambit Energy League Fund Raiser (NY, IL, TX, MD)
-Team Funding Grant Opportunities via Prosper
-Access to discount pricing on official Wilson NFL 'blem' Footballs
-Team listing on AFA's website membership directory
-Players from member leagues qualify for All American status and Gold Ball Awards
-Personalized Gift Certificates that can be used for your fund raising raffles
-Membership Certificates and Membership Cards
-National and targeted press releases via the AFA's Press Release Engine®
-Access To Your Own Stats Portal via Webgamestats
-Quarterly Newsletter promoting AFA newsmakers
-Product sampling opportunities from Active Advantage
-Access to AFA membership logo products and the opportunity to sell your own products
-Leagues with 100% membership receive AFA banners with team names and AFA logo
-Opportunity to take advantage of legal service plans, lease loan reimbursement programs, medical and auto insurance plans
-Raffle Fund Raiser Certificates for leagues with 100% team membership
-Access to AFA sponsors, sponsorship programs and fund raising opportunities
-Opportunity to submit nominees to AFA's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame
-Access to Merchant Services Accounts
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