NFL Alumni Expands Mission to Support Retired Players

April 27, 2009 ( - NFL Alumni, an organization started 40 years ago to seek pension benefits for the pioneer players of the NFL, will expand its membership and the scope of its activities to emphasize support for retired players in medical and financial need.

In 1967, the alumni group in became a non-profit organization primarily focused in its local chapters on youth activities through its “Caring for Kids” program. As part of the restructuring, NFL Alumni now will focus on key issues affecting retired players such as medical, financial, and post-career counseling, while also continuing to support youth charities, according to a press release from the group.

As an initial step, NFL Alumni has formed an alliance with other retired players and Fourth and Goal, a retired NFL player advocacy organization.

“We recognize that many retired players haven’t been looking for an independent football organization such as ours to represent their interests,” said Lee Nystrom, NFL Alumni’s chairman, in the announcement. “We have resources and are ready to do so as a national organization and do even more to address these important needs.”

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