AirTran Airways Partners with Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats to Assist Retired NFL Athletes in Need
- Partnership Designed to Aid Former Players -
As part of the partnership which was announced during Gridiron Greats Championship Week in
“Football is one of America’s favorite pastimes and AirTran Airways partnered with the Gridiron Greats to give something back to those who dedicated their best years — often to the detriment of their own health — to the sport that brings such a thrill to fans,” said
“Many retired players don’t live in areas where they can receive the specialized medical treatment that is required to improve their lives,” said
GGAF focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, providing hands-on assistance to help retired players deal with hardships they may face after their football career ends. Many members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and other NFL legends also support the GGAF mission.
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The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is an IRS 501(c)(3), charitable and humanitarian organization that provides financial aid and social and medical services to retired NFL players who are in dire need. The organization is overseen by Mike Ditka and a Board of Directors that includes: Gale Sayers, Kyle Turley, several professionals, and an advisory committee including Harry Carson, Michael Irvin, Daryl Johnston, Matt Birk and others. There are over 150 retired players and coaches who support GGAF efforts through various initiatives. Also, a multi-million dollar pro bono medical services program was recently implemented. Most of the needs of the players are created by an inadequate disability and medical system and/or player’s pension program, as well as a lack of attention paid to the issues retired players face post career and their needs. For more information on the Gridiron Greats, please visit www.gridirongreats.org.
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