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NFF'S MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people.

We will fulfill this mission in the following ways:
By inspiring young people to excellence: holding up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.

By exciting young people, and those who influence them, about the game: in particular, managing the College Football Hall of Fame in such a way as to dramatize the history, exhilaration and value of the game to an ever broadening audience of fans and potential fans.

By developing, managing and promoting model football programs, which further strengthen the educational and character building qualities of the game.

By honoring, publicizing and providing financial support to high school and college football players who represent our ideal of the scholar-athlete.

By continuing a grassroots movement, through local chapters, while involving football fans, coaches, educators, the media and former players in the implementation of the programs, which will fulfill our mission for America

Through this mission, The Foundation serves not only youth, but the nation as well.

NATIONALLY

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. (NFF) is a member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of amateur football at the local, state and national levels. Since its beginnings in 1947, the Foundation has relied upon the support of volunteers to bring its mission and goals to communities all across the nation. Today, thanks to the more than 100,000 volunteers who generously became members over the past 59 years, the National Football Foundation has grown to 120 chapters with a presence in 47 states.

There is no prerequisite football experience required to become a member; in fact, many of our members never even played organized football. Our membership base includes nearly every profession, race, religion and creed. Our members are men and women, fans, parents, players, coaches, referees and administrators. They work as educators, business people, doctors, lawyers, sales people, laborers, policeman, firefighters, politicians, engineers, etc. Our members have served our country's highest office, walked on the moon, led our soldiers into battle, won the Heisman Trophy, ruled on the U.S. Supreme Court, coached in Super Bowls and National Championship games, built financial empires, made movies, saved lives and imparted wisdom. Our members share one common bond: their love for amateur football.

Today, our current membership base tops 12,000 - and we are growing. As membership increases, so does the overall strength of the Foundation. Your support helps widen our span of influence, allowing the Foundation to expand its positive effects on the game, our communities and our young people.

The mission of the Foundation and our members, simply stated, is to ensure and promote the future of amateur football. If you are not already a member, or if you have been a member in the past, we hope you will join in our effort to see this mission through.

For more information on how to become a member of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc., please call (972) 556-1000 or email: membership@footballfoundation.com.

OUR LOCAL MIDDLE TENNESSEE CHAPTER

One of the most respected chapters in the National Football Foundation, the Middle Tennessee Chapter was founded in 1961 by Fred Russell, Harold "Cotton Clark and  Art Demmas, three legends who contributed greatly to our chapter until their passing. The chapter holds an annual awards banquet each spring to recognize one nominee from 67 area public and private high schools and seven colleges for their outstanding academic, civic and athletic achievement. These young men are all seniors and are selected by their respective schools.  They are great students and are truly role models in their schools as well as in their communities.