NFL Alumni and Civil Air Patrol Partner to Promote Physical Fitness


Mount Laurel, N.J., June 13, 2019 – National Football League Alumni (NFLA) and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have joined forces to enhance leadership development opportunities and physical training programs nationwide. Both organizations value and promote physical fitness as a core emphasis in personal development.

“We are excited to partner with CAP and help shape the future cadets of tomorrow,” says NFLA President Bart Oates. “This partnership aligns directly with our mission of Caring for Kids across the country and will allow our members to interact with those youth who live in their communities.”

NFLA and CAP have committed to the creation of a working committee that will expand opportunities for all members to improve the CAP Physical Training program and the NFL’s curriculum for Fuel Up to Play 60. Additionally, the organizations will create opportunities for CAP cadets and leaders to interact with NFL Alumni.

“We recently implemented a Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience program, which is a comprehensive model to provide personal excellence in CAP and life,” said CAP National Commander/CEO Maj. Gen. Mark Smith. “The five pillars are Mind, Body, Relationships, Spirit and Family. This partnership with NFLA will further improve our desire to provide development and education to our members, specifically in the physical fitness arena.” 

The working committee will begin planning immediately and will collaborate on a number of projects beginning in the fall of 2019.

About Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 82 lives annually. CAP’s 63,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 26,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit or for more information.

About NFL Alumni
NFL Alumni, a non-profit organization founded in 1967, is comprised of former NFL players, coaches, staffers, cheerleaders, spouses, and associate members whose mission is to serve, assist and inform former players and their families. The Alumni offers a variety of medical, financial, and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its “Caring for Kids” programs. Pro Football Legends is the commercial marketing arm of the NFL Alumni. For more information, please visit

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