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"Where Semi-Pro/Minor League Football Legends Live Forever"
American Football Association Newsletter
December 30,  2014
Volume 9, Issue 21
In This Issue

Quick Links

Phone: 877-624-4485

Happy New Year - 2015 AFA Team & League Memberships - Join by the end of December, receive a voucher for turkey or ham 

Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. The annual membership fee to join the AFA remains $100 "per team" which provides a benefit package that is easily 10x this fee (ask the Palm Beach Makos!). Team membership applications can be downloaded by clicking:  AFA Team/League Memberships.

Alumni 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 Alumni Membership. Fufillmment packages have gone out to all early membership renewals. 

Get a tax deduction for charitable giving

By Kay Bell *


Each year as Dec. 31 draws near, Americans are bombarded by requests for donations. Many answer those solicitations, happily giving to their favorite charities. This year-end generosity also might pay off at tax time, as long as you know and follow the IRS' rules on tax deductions for donations.
Timing is everything: Donations must be made by the end of the tax year for which you want to claim the deduction. If you put a check dated Dec. 31 in the mail by that day, you're OK. So are donations charged by year's end to your credit card, even if you don't pay the card's bill until the next year.

Note: The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 35th year of operation.

Just click AFA Donations

ESPN Outside the Lines: Football at a Crossroads: "Semi-Pro" Football - David Burch, Chris Stepp and Kevin Van Valkenburg join "Outside the Lines" to discuss the dangers of average Joes gathering to play what they call "semi-pro" football...... 


- Custom Etched Rosewood Ring Display Box
- 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 and do your Holiday Shopping Online!


 AFA Marketplace: Just in time for the holidays, AFA logo merchandise is now available by clicking


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 35 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  


Edmonton Eskimos 2015 Free Agent Try Outs

January 3, 2015 Oxbridge Academy

3151 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL 33409


Mouthguards, Magnets And Smart Helmets Are Putting The Brakes On Traumatic Brain Injuries

On beautiful green fields around the U.S., college and professional football players are facing up to 100Gs of rapid deceleration from helmet-to-helmet collisions each week. The result? Concussions and, sometimes, permanent brain injury.

Players who stay in the game post-concussion have sparked a national conversation about player safety and the lack of diagnosis on the sidelines. The NFL has been the biggest target. Former professional players filed a class action lawsuit accusing the organization of concealing knowledge of long-term health effects from concussions and failing to protect players' health; and as of this post, they are awaiting the judge's ruling on a $765 million settlement.


The Iron Athletes Football League is a new league that was created out of pure passion. Among all the other league franchises comes another whose top notch management and an owner who cares and strives to be the best! The league is accepting applications for new teams at the moment, so head on over to the LEAGUE OFFICE to find out how you can get your team into the IAFL!


Tom Hawkins - Owner (AFA HoF '12)
Pat Sharpe - Treasurer (AFA HoF '05)
Kevin Heerdegen - Director of Public Relations
Jason McClellend - Director of Marketing

Dustin Casper - Webmaster/Graphic artist

Phone: 262-417-1147




Larry Little Legends 8th Annual Golf Tournament

The Great Larry Little hosted another golf event in Fort Lauderdale with his teammates from the 1972 Dolphin team.

This year Beau Jarrell, Alvin Lollie, Daris Steen and Dave Burch represented the AFA at this fun filled event. We were able to break bread with Bobby Bell, Mercury Morris, Lem Barney, Ken Houston, Elvin Bethea and 26 other NFL Hall of Famers during this weekend event. Checkout our FB Photo Album...  

AFA 2015 Membership Program Kickoff - To get a head start on our 2015 Membership Campaign, and upon recommendation from our fulfillment advisors, membership solicitations have gone out. Any individuals, teams/leagues joining the organization during this timeframe will automatically become active members for 2015. Just click AFA Alumni Membership or AFA Team/League Membership

From the Archives, Pottstown Firebirds Videos (click links to view)  History of the Pottstown Firebirds -


CharityMania Fundraisers is the Official Fundraising Partner for the American Football Association (AFA). 
Football season is almost here!  Does your team have all the money it needs to run a safe and successful program this year?  If not, our fundraisers can help!  Our FootballMania fundraisers are the perfect fit for your AFA team. 
Our offer to you!  We are giving each AFA team 200 tickets for FREE to get started! Sell all 200 tickets and your organization will make $2800 in profit. Need to raise more money? No problem! Simply order more tickets and you will be on your way.  It's that simple!  
Just click on the signup link below to get started and enter the promo code "AFA2014" during the signup process. Signup at:


AFA Alumni Clubs  - 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.

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 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

AFA Membership Programs 
2015 AFA Alumni Club Membership - Are You A Card Carrying Member? 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  


Lifetime AFA Memberships Now Offered for AFA Hall of Fame Members! Email 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 2015 AFA Team & League Membership Applications Team Membership applications are now being accepted for the 2015 season. 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


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


About the American Football Association: The American Football Association is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt corporation in its 35th 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.


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