Ronald Reagan Signs Proclamation For Youth Of America Week

November 10, 1983

In 1983, NFL alumnus and Congressman Jack Kemp introduced a resolution that passed unanimously in both houses of Congress proclaiming the first week of the NFL preseason as NFL Alumni Youth of America Week. On August 23, then-President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation.

Since then, the NFL Alumni has involved hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Youth of America activities ranging from chaperoning youths to sporting events and putting on football clinics to hosting picnics and visiting kids in hospitals, schools and detention centers. In 2009 alone, NFL Alumni members around the country gave away nearly 30,000 toys while participating in one or more of the organization’s 50 Youth of America Week activities.