PLAYERS CONGRESS & NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION TEAM UP TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO SENIOR RETIRED PLAYERS
The Players Congress, an independent organization operated by and in support of retired NFL players and their families, announced today a $25,000 donation to the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF), an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping retired NFL players improve their quality of life. The grant will be used to assist the medical, healthcare and other wellness needs of senior retired NFL players, individuals age 90 and older.
“We are pleased to work with the Player Care Foundation to support our senior retired NFL players. Their pioneering efforts, for which they deserve recognition, created the foundation for what is today the most iconic sports league in the world. We want to honor their accomplishments and do our part to acknowledge their sacrifice and commitment to the game,” said BOB GRANT, chairman and co-founder of the Players Congress and former linebacker for the 1971 Super Bowl V Champion Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins.
“We are grateful for the Players Congress’ commitment to supporting the NFL’s senior retired players,” stated BELINDA LERNER, PCF executive director. “Our goal at the Player Care Foundation is to improve the quality of life for all retired players, and we welcome the Players Congress into our network of support organizations.”
This commitment will help to achieve the organization's common goal to serve the needs of retired players who contributed to the success of the NFL.
“I have always been hopeful that one day our role in creating the most popular game in America would be recognized. This is an exciting day for me and my peers. Thank you to the Players Congress and to the NFL Player Care Foundation for their support,” said FRED “CURLY” MORRISON, a former member of the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.
About the Players Congress
The Players Congress launched in 2013 and is comprised of approximately 19,000 NFL veterans and family members of deceased players. The organization’s mission is to support retired players by developing business opportunities that generate income for players. The Players Congress joined with J.H. Design Group and NFL Properties in a joint apparel-licensing venture that includes training and employment of former players. Royalties from the venture are distributed to players through the Pioneer Assistance Fund and other programs. For more information contact: http://www.playerscongress.com
About the NFL Player Care Foundation
Since its inception in 2007, the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) has used a unique case management model to aid former NFL players through challenging times. Through its financial granting arm, PCF has assisted over 900 players, totaling over $9.5 million in areas including medical, mental health, financial, social and community support. PCF is administered by a board of eight directors. The National Football League, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association are each appointed a nominated director. In addition, four outside directors share their expertise in foundation management, mental health, social welfare issues, and healthcare. For additional information, please visit: http://nflplayercare.com/
Bob Grant, Players Congress
Andrew Jo, NFL Player Care Foundation