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For Immediate Release

December 18, 2017


The Charitable arm of NFL Players Association will use the PayPal Giving Fund platform to raise funds through the holiday season


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) is working to impact communities across America. Potential donors will have a chance to take part in the PAF’s ongoing financial support and commitment to non-profit organizations and, in turn, make a difference in their local communities.

For every donation made through the campaign page, PayPal will add an extra 1% to make the contribution go further. PayPal covers all transaction costs for the donations made through this campaign so 101% of each gift will go directly to the Professional Athletes Foundation.

PAF’s participation in this year’s holiday season giving builds on the foundation’s expanded efforts to demonstrate how action creates opportunity through initiatives aided by former NFL players like Darrell Green and Vince Young. Since its creation in 1990, the PAF has provided support to both former NFL players who are transitioning to their next chapter in life as well as charitable foundations with missions to strengthen underserved communities across the country. With more than $10 million in financial, medical and educational assistance awarded, the PAF is the leading charitable foundation for assistance to former NFL players and the communities in which they live and work. 

Since 2015, the PAF has made grants to third party foundations operated or supported by former players totaling almost $900,000.  These grants help to expand the PAF mission beyond service to our former players and directly into their communities to develop leadership and educational programs. 

A very important aspect of the PAF’s work is direct scholarship assistance to graduating high school seniors.  These grants are distributed to recognize students’ non-athletic achievements in support of all-around academic excellence.   In 2017, $169,500 in scholarships have been awarded to 116 students in cities all over the United States through local NFLPA chapters.

“The Professional Athletes Foundation realizes that it is only as strong as the communities it serves,” said Green, who is a Pro Football Hall Famer. “By being a part of this exciting initiative, the PAF will be able to expand its efforts to make life better for those in our communities.”



About the Professional Athletes Foundation:

The Professional Athletes Foundation was founded to support, strengthen and inspire players as they transitioned from their active NFL careers. Established in 1990 as the charitable arm of the NFL Players Association, the PAF offers a range of career, health and educational resources as well as assistance through the Players Assistance Trust Fund (PAT). With more than $10 million in financial, medical and educational assistance granted, the PAF is the leading foundation in assisting former NFL players. The foundation also provides non-profit organizations with an opportunity to make a difference through PAF charitable grants. Learn more at

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