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National Football Foundation Launches Campaign Celebrating 70th Anniversary
First of seven releases takes a look at the NFF's first decade from 1947-1956.
Published: 10/18/2017 10:59:00 AM
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 18, 2017) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that it will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the next seven weeks by highlighting the key milestones of each decade in a weekly email with the content also promoted in its social media channels.

“We have a rich history, and we wanted to share some of our seminal moments as a tribute to those who helped build the NFF into the force it is today as well as a guidepost to the future leaders of the organization,” said Archie Manning, who has served as chairman of the organization since 2007. “The Foundation has always provided those who love the game a way to give back, and our 70th Anniversary provides us a unique opportunity to shine a light on those who have helped us promote the good in the game over the years while hopefully inspiring the next generation to carry the torch.”

The campaign will take a year-by-year look at some of the key events that have shaped the organization, distributing seven weekly releases covering each of the NFF’s 10-year periods. The initiative will lead up to the 70th anniversary of the organization, which secured its charter from the State of New York on December 8, 1947. From the initial plans to build a Hall on the site of the first intercollegiate college game between Rutgers and Princeton in New Brunswick, N.J., to its current location in Atlanta, Ga., the NFF’s history tells the story of America’s passion for the game as well as the sport’s value in molding tomorrow’s leaders.

“From MacArthur to Manning, the NFF has always attracted many of our nation’s greatest leaders in support of our mission,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “And they have all shared our strong belief that college football plays a unique role in preparing young people for success later in life. It’s been a lot of fun researching our history, and we look forward to sharing some of favorite milestones via this campaign.”

Founded by a group of passionate supporters, early contributors included General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and the prolific journalist Grantland Rice, who served as the organization’s first president from 1948 to 1952. The NFF has developed into a leading non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Over the past seven decades, the NFF has inducted 987 players and 214 coaches into the College Football Hall of Fame, including the upcoming 2017 Class. The organization has also distributed more than $30 million in scholarships, including $11.1 million to 828 individuals via the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, and another $20 million through its nationwide Chapter Network.

As it prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, the NFF currently has an Annual Awards Dinner that will celebrate its 60th anniversary in December, a state-of-the-art College Football Hall of Fame near Atlanta’s Centennial Park, an extensive scholarship program that has distributed more than $30 million since 1959 (including its centerpiece The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments), and a local Chapter Network with 120 outposts in 47 states, annually reaching more than 5,000 high schools and 500,000 student-athletes.


Below are highlights from the NFF's first decade: 1947-1956. Click here or on the image below to view as a larger PDF.




About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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