One of the most impactful positions we at NFL Alumni hold is being an original member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF).
We were there when PCF was formed in 2007 and still have our seat in the Board Room next to senior representatives from the League Office, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and NFLPA.
Over the years, we have helped make decisions to improve the quality of life for many of you and your families.
For example, the popular Healthy Body & Mind Screenings around the country returned in 2021 after a COVID-19 hiatus. More than 6,300 alumni have been screened at one of the 170-plus free medical evaluations that have been given since PCF’s inception. Also, we at the PCF Board this year instituted a Bereavement Support Fund and a Sober Living Fund as a direct response to the ongoing needs of some alumni.
PCF has grown from a small non-profit to a multi-faceted organization that supports alumni in a variety of ways.
PCF continues its financial support of player alumni and your families through financial grants. PCF has provided more than $20 million to over 2,000 alums to assist in day-to-day living expenses, coordinated medical care and mental health resources. Eligible alumni for these grants include players with at least one credited season in the league or two seasons of practice squad experience. Widows and children of deceased alumni, who would otherwise be eligible for support, also may apply.
In appreciation for the generous PCF services, we at NFL Alumni recently instituted two annual fund-raising golf events at the Super Bowl and NFL Draft to support their work.
During this new year, we at the national Alumni office are grateful that PCF does so much good for alumni in need. If you know of a former teammate who might benefit from a PCF program, encourage him or his family to call PCF at 1-800-NFL-GOAL (Prompt #4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The small PCF staff holds all these contacts in confidence.