For Immediate Release
August 7, 2017
NFLPA Announces Partnership with Fisher House Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is proud to announce a new charitable partnership with military non-profit, Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House program provides “a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes provide temporary free lodging so families can be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis.
NFL players have long held the military, as well as their loved ones, in high esteem for their service, courage and sacrifice. This partnership provides another means for former and active player members to show their appreciation through support at Fisher Houses across the nation and by participating in various Fisher House Foundation charitable events.
“The NFLPA is honored to partner with Fisher House Foundation and stand beside our military and veterans’ families as they support a loved one in need,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said. “We know this is an extremely trying time for these families, and we are proud to support the work Fisher House Foundation does to ensure our country’s military and veterans are not only close to their loved ones during this time, but comforted.”
The NFLPA has pledged to make a financial contribution to Fisher House Foundation and also explore opportunities to provide in-kind donations during special events, including the NFL season kickoff and Super Bowl. Our joint efforts during this partnership will build upon each organization’s shared mission of supporting the physical and mental health of its members.
“Fisher House Foundation is proud to partner with the NFLPA,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO, Fisher House Foundation. “The 72 Fisher Houses across the country, and in Europe, provide a sanctuary for up to 970 families every night. That would be impossible without Americans nationwide, like the NFLPA, who contribute to making those dreams a reality. Americans do care and our military and veterans will never be disappointed by the lack of compassion and faithfulness of their fellow countrymen. We thank the NFLPA for their support.”
About Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $360+ million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
About the NFL Players Association
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020.
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