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    COVID-19 UPDATE

    As the COVID-19 crisis impacts our global communities, the NFL Player Care Foundation is here to support NFL Legends. We have created a Disaster Relief Fund to assist former players who have been impacted by the consequences of COVID-19. After nearly two months, the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund will close on June 5th. Please see more details about financial grant eligibility and health & safety resources from the CDC in the News section of our website.

    OVERVIEW

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is an independent organization dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life. PCF addresses all aspects of life by providing programs and assistance with medical, emotional, financial, social and community issues.

    The National Football League recognizes the enormous contributions former players have had in the development and success of America’s favorite sport -- NFL football. To acknowledge and express appreciation for their contributions, the NFL Owners, in partnership with the NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association, created the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) in September 2007.

    PCF is administered by a board of eight directors. The National Football League, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association are each appointed a nominated director.  In addition, four outside directors share their expertise in foundation management, mental health, social welfare issues, and healthcare.

    The Foundation is committed to improving its outreach and impact so that it may better serve retired players. PCF uses a unique case management model that focuses on individualized strategies to help players through challenging times. Through its partnerships and the Foundation’s diverse board membership, it is poised to effectively communicate, understand and serve the needs of those players whose careers contributed to the enormous success of the NFL.  

     

    PROGRAMS

    Programs that can offer help.

    Through charitable grants that support research and offer relief to disadvantaged and distressed retired players, the PCF has enacted a number of programs to improve the quality of life for former players, including:

    STATISTICS

    Player Care Foundation puts numbers on the board.

    Financial Contributions

    $17.5 Million

    ...

    Players Assisted

    1827

    ...

    Research Distribution

    $10.1 Million

    ...

    Players Screened

    6173

    Financial Contributions

    $17.5 Million

    ...

    Players Assisted

    1827

    ...

    Research Distribution

    $10.1 Million

    ...

    Players Screened

    6173

    Statistics representative of the Player Care Foundation since its inception in September 2007

    2018 Medical Research

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is proud to partner with one of the nation’s premier medical providers ‐ Tulane University School of Medicine ‐ to conduct its Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program. PCF screenings are offered as part of the Foundation’s research programs, which help to advance public awareness and scientific understanding of health issues that affect former NFL players. With consent from players participating in screenings, clinical information is gathered and used for important research initiatives that may lead to advances that improve the lives of NFL retirees.

    PCF is pleased to share with you published research based on data collected through the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program. The abstracts are now included in the most recent American College of Sports Medicine (ACMS) journal and were presented at the ACMS conference in June 2018. The two research topics are:

    •The Prevalence of Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus in a Former Professional Football Player Populations

    •The Prevalence of Hypertension in a Population of Former Professional Football Players

    Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine

    NEWS

  • April 09, 2020
  • COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund

    In order to be eligible, applicants must meet PCF’s minimum grant assistance service time requirement (1 credited season or 2 practice squad seasons). Applicants must show they have been furloughed, laid off, admitted to the hospital, threatened with eviction, or proof of other economic impact as a result of the COVID-19 downturn.

    The first step to receiving financial assistance is to call PCF at 1-800-635-4625 (Prompt #2). After speaking with someone over the phone, applicants must complete & return a PCF Disaster Relief Application.

    For eligible players, grants will consist of a fixed distribution of $2,000. Please contact PCF to see if you are eligible.

    PCF will close its COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund on June 5th, marking nearly two months since the fund began. Once the disaster relief funds have been exhausted, we will continue to assist former players through our standard financial grant guidelines. 

    EVENTS

    The NFL Player Care Foundation is closely monitoring the emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution, will be POSTPONING all upcoming screening events. PCF looks forward to communicating new dates once the CDC advises the general public it is safe to congregate. We appreciate your understanding and hope you and your loves ones remain safe.

    DATE TITLE LOCATION TIME REGISTRATION
    January 29-31 Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program Miami, FL 8am - 2pm
  • CLOSED
  • February 01 Super Bowl Career Fair Miami, FL 10am - 5pm
  • CLOSED
  • April 17-18 Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program Tempe, AZ 8am - 2pm
  • CLOSED
  • CONTACT

    1-800-635-4625 / nflplayercare@nfl.com / PO Box 4746, New York, NY 10163

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    Eligibility

    PCF grant applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, in adherence to the following eligibility guidelines:

     • Applicant must be a former NFL player with at least one credited season of NFL play or two seasons of at least eight games each season as a practice player; widows and children of deceased former NFL players, who would otherwise be eligible for support, may also apply.

    • Applicant must meet financial qualifications

    • Applicants are required to wait at least 3 years from their last assistance before reapplying

    Grants Supported by PCF

    • Basic living expenses, including transportation and utilities

    • Shelter and housing, including rental and mortgage assistance, and assisted living facilities fees and expenses

    • Ongoing quality of life expenses such as prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, nursing care, and medical treatment

    • Medically-necessary joint replacement surgeries approved by the NFL Player Care Plan and related post-operative rehabilitation, including incidental fees and expenses

    • Funeral expenses

    Grants Not Supported by PCF

    • Alimony

    • Taxes

    • Child Support

    • Tuition Assistance

    • Fines, penalties or legal expenses, except in extraordinary circumstances

    • Luxury items, including cable/satellite television, multiple cell phones, homes or cars

    • Credit cards, unless accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation

    Grant Guidelines

    • All grants shall be made on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, gender, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability

    • Payments shall be made to creditors rather than individual grant recipients

    • All grants shall be awarded on a case-by-case basis

    • The Board of Directors shall have discretion to interpret these guidelines and shall have final authority to make determinations as to all grant awards

    • The Foundation’s directors, officers, employees and their family members are not eligible to receive grant awards or other support from the Foundation

    Annual Report

    We are pleased to share with you the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Annual Report covering the 2018 fiscal year.  It is our hope that the publication provides you with a broader understanding of our work and the contributions we have made to improve the quality of former players’ lives since our inception in 2007.

    PCF, its dedicated Board of Directors and Staff are proud of how far the Foundation has come and the number of lives we have touched.  To that end, we also remain committed to evolving with our former player community and educating the public on the complex issues that impact our retirees and their families.  It has been a privilege to give back to those whose contributions have helped advance this great game and teaming with our wonderful partners who enable us to most effectively serve our retired player community.

    2017 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2018 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2019 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is proud to partner with the NFL Alumni Association and one of the nation’s premier medical providers ‐ Tulane University School of Medicine ‐ to conduct its Healthy Body and Mind Screening program. This FREE national screening program is open to all former NFL players and includes a series of cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education. With consent from players participating in screenings, clinical information gathered will be used for important research initiatives that may lead to advances that improve the lives of NFL retirees.  NFL Player Care Foundation screenings are offered as part of PCF’s research programs, which help to advance public awareness and scientific understanding of health issues that affect former NFL players.

    Please call 954-639-4584 for additional information on this program.

    NFL Healthcare Hotline

    The NFL Healthcare Hotline is a free telephone service that connects former players to a trained Customer Service Advocate (CSA). These CSAs are on call from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM to answer questions regarding NFL player benefits and can help players maximize the health insurance options available to them under the Affordable Care Act. For more information on the hotline program and the new Affordable Care Act, you may log onto www.NFLHealthCareInformation.com or call 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    www.NFLHealthCareInformation.com

    NFL Joint Replacement Program

    The NFL Joint Replacement Program provides medical and financial resources to retired players who are uninsured or lack the financing to have joint replacement surgery.

    The Plan provides the Basic Benefit to any Eligible Player. If you are covered by insurance, the Basic Benefit is the lesser of (i) $5,250 or (ii) your co-insurance for health care items or services directly related to your surgery, such as your co-pays, provided the expense was incurred within one year of your surgery. If your surgery was performed before October 1, 2009, the $5,250 benefit was $5,000.

    If a player is not covered by insurance and does not have the means to pay for this surgery, he may qualify for financial assistance from the NFL Player Care Foundation. In that case, he will not bear any of the costs associated with the surgery as long as the surgery is at one of several specially designated facilities. In addition, most normal complications arising from surgery are covered in full, up to a maximum of $250,000.

    For more information regarding the Joint Replacement Benefit Program or to receive an application, please contact 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    Who is eligible for the Program?

    To be eligible for the Basic Benefit, you must be a Retired Player and an independent, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon or Rheumatologist must certify, on a form provided by the Plan, that surgery to replace your knee, hip or shoulder is medically necessary. You must then send the certification, along with a completed application, to the Benefits Administrator to obtain confirmation that you are an Eligible Player. Effective November 1, 2010, if you apply for Joint Replacement Benefits after your surgery, the Benefits Administrator must receive the certification and completed application no later than 365 days after the date of the surgery.

    What are the Benefits?

    If players are covered by insurance, the Program will pay or reimburse the lesser of (i) $5,250 or (ii) the co-insurance for health care items or services directly related to their surgery. Players are also entitled to special treatment on a VIP basis if they elect to have their surgery at one of the healthcare facilities designated by the NFL Former Player Life Improvement Plan.

    How do players apply?

    Players must complete an application and a HIPAA authorization form. Also, they must have a Board Certified Orthopedist or Rheumatologist complete the form to certify that joint replacement surgery is medically necessary. Application materials are available by calling the NFL Player Benefits Department at 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    Where should Players have their surgery?

    If players have insurance coverage or other financial resources, they may have their surgery anywhere they choose. However, the NFL Former Player Life Improvement Plan will grant access to a network of facilities throughout the country that are designated centers of excellence for joint replacements. If they choose one of these facilities, they will be treated as a VIP simply because they are retired NFL players. If a player qualifies for financial assistance from the NFL Player Care Foundation, surgery must be at one of the facilities designated by the NFL Former Player Life Improvement Plan. These facilities are located throughout the United States and players may choose where they will have their surgery.

    Can Benefits be paid directly to a Provider?

    Unless surgery is funded through the NFL Player Care Foundation, Benefits will only be paid to the Player.

    Are Plan Benefits subject to an offset?

    Generally, yes. For example, the joint replacement benefits are secondary to any other plan or arrangement available to cover expenses related to surgery.

    Links
    NFL Life Line

    In 2012, the National Football League provided a grant to establish the NFL Life Line for members of the NFL family—current and former NFL players, coaches, team and league staff, and their family members, who may be in crisis. The NFL Life Line is a free, confidential and independently operated resource that connects callers with trained counselors who can help individuals work through any personal or emotional crisis. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To be connected with a counselor, individuals can simply call 1-800-506-0078 or chat online.

    www.nfllifeline.org

    NFL Player Benefits Office

    The NFL Player Benefits Office provides administration services for the following collectively bargained benefit plans: Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan, NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan, NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan, NFL Player Annuity Program and the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. By calling 1-800-638-3186 or logging onto www.Mygoalline.com, players can get information regarding which benefits they are eligible to receive, the amount of the benefit, and when and how they can receive the benefits they have earned. The Plan Office has customer service agents who are trained to help you understand and apply for your NFL benefits. They can also answer general questions regarding other collectively bargained benefits that are not administered by the Plan Office and direct players to other resources and benefits available through the NFL or the NFLPA.

    www.MyGoalline.com

    Urology Care Foundation

    The Urology Care Foundation advances urologic research and education. The Foundation works with health care providers, researchers, patients and caregivers to improve patients' lives. The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association. For more information on the The Urology Care Foundation's public education efforts please visit http://www.urologyhealth.org/

    Brookdale

    Brookdale Senior Living provides special discounts and priority access to eligible players for their senior housing and care needs, including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Brookdale Senior Living offers a choice of more than 1,100 communities in 47 states, covering geographic areas where many former players now live.

    Brookdale's goal is to help you in your search for senior living. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already visited several communities, Brookdale is here to serve you by answering questions, talking through concerns, or just listening as you consider your next steps. You can apply your benefits to the following Brookdale Senior Living services:

    • Independent Living Communities are perfect for those who don’t need a lot of day-to-day assistance and would prefer to trade-in household chores like cooking and cleaning, and enjoy life in a social and active community environment.
    • Assisted Living Communities provide assistance with daily living, like help with taking medication, getting dressed in the morning, bathing, and so on. We offer a range of care services that can enhance quality of life and improve your health and safety.
    • Memory Care Communities are specially designed spaces and supporting environments for those living with cognitive challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s and dementia. A leading provider in memory care, Brookdale focuses on creating feelings of belonging and purpose for each unique resident, while seeking to preserve their identity and sense of self through our proprietary Clare Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program.

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?

    NFL players and families both current and previous.

    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

    Brookdale Senior Living has agreed to grant priority access to eligible players. Frequently, that means a player will not have to wait to move into a community of his choice. In addition, there are discounts that vary by provider. For specific information, please contact the provider directly at 1-813-440-8415.

    HOW DOES A PLAYER GET THE BENEFITS?

    A player can take advantage of these benefits by contacting Brookdale Senior Living directly and identifying himself as a current or previous NFL Player or family member. Additionally, he can contact the NFL Player Benefits Department at 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    CONTACTS

    Brookdale Senior Living (Preferred Provider): Liezette Felicione (813) 440-8415

    Visit www.brookdale.com/nfl

    Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund

    The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, established to provide financial and medical assistance to dire need retired NFL players and their families in dire need. Gridiron Greats Board of Directors consist of: Mike Ditka, Marv Levy, Gale Sayers, Kyle Turley and Matt Birk.

    www.gridirongreats.org

    NFL Player Engagement

    NFL Player Engagement optimizes and revolutionizes the personal and professional growth of football players through continuous guidance and support before, during and beyond their NFL experience. NFL Player Engagement prepares and supports players with matters such as Education, Physical and Mental Health, Family Safety, Lifestyle and Transition into their post-NFL life. Their goal is to serve and assist as a resource for parents, coaches and athletes in using football as a catalyst to build and develop life skills for success.

    www.nflplayerengagement.com

    NFL Legends

    The Legends Community was developed to embrace and celebrate all who have played in the NFL. Its mission is to bring opportunities and information to former players through other members of the Legends Community and to help them stay connected with former teammates and players they met during their playing days.

    There are a number of resources available to assist former players following their playing career. These resources include benefits they may be entitled to including career development, financial, medical, or educational assistance, and total wellness.  The NFL Legends Community is designed to be the single source for information regarding all of these programs.

    For additional information, please visit: http://www.nfllegendscommunity.com/

     

     

    Professional Athletes Foundation

    The Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) provides financial support to any professional or amateur football player or his immediate family in times of financial crisis. PAF is governed by an elected board of directors that oversee all aspects of the funding process.

    https://www.yourpaf.com/about/#.VuBxPvkrK70 

    NFL Alumni Association

    The NFL Alumni Association is a nationwide group of former National Football League players, coaches, and other employees whose mission is to serve, assist, and inform former players and their families.  The association offers a variety of medical, financial, and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive, and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its "Caring for Kids" programs.  For more information, please visit www.nflalumni.org.

    The Trust

    The Trust is designed to provide an ecosystem of support for former players, with an emphasis on overall health and successful transition from professional football. The Trust staff counsels players through a wellness plan across six primary pillars: Brain and Body, Career, Education, Financial, Lifestyle and Personal Interaction.

    The Trust emerged from the commitment of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and its members to ensure that players are provided access to benefits and services that assist in their success beyond the game of football. It culminates the hard-fought efforts of past and present CBA battles to better serve former NFL players. As such, The Trust is a benefit earned by NFL Players.

    www.playerstrust.com

    Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Since opening it's door in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature. A founding memeber of the NFL Player Care Foundation Board of Directors since its 2007 inception, today, the Pro Hall of Fame stands to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE. For additional informtion on the Pro Football Hall of Fame please visit http://www.profootballhof.com/ 

    Pro Football Retired Players Association

    Pro Football Retired Players Association (PFRPA) is an independent and court established retired NFL player organization, designed to develop programs and benefits for the betterment of retired NFL players. PFRPA oversees the Greater Good Fund, its 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, which is specifically designed to develop health, welfare and educational programs for retired NFL players. The association’s comprehensive insurance plans, the PFRPA Dental Plan and PFRPA Vision Plan, are available to its membership. PFRPA brought on WME | IMG to establish an independent agency known as the Football Greats Alliance (FGA). It creates, develops and manages new revenue streams through the strategic development of retired player publicity rights.

     

    PFRPA Board of Directors consist of: Jim Brown, Dave Robinson, Darrell Thompson, Billy Joe DuPree, Mike Haynes, Ron Mix, Mike Singletary, Jackie Slater and Jack Youngblood.

     

    www.pfrpa.com 

    Mary Agee

    PCF Board Appointee

    Mary is the President and CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), the largest private non-profit human service organization in Northern Virginia, serving over 36,000 individuals and families each year. Mary brings her social services expertise to PCF and is pleased to share her experience and guide PCF in helping former players. She has been with NVFS for nearly 40 years.

    George C. Branche, III, MD

    PCF Board Appointee

    George C.  Branche, III, M.D. is an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports medicine and Arthroscopic surgery at the Anderson Orthopedic Clinic. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America, with involvement as a Master Instructor and member of the Healthcare Policy Committee. He is also a member of the faculty of Georgetown University and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Current affiliations include the ATP (Men) and the WTA (women) Professional Tennis Tours and the USTA Pro Circuit Committee. His surgical practice is focused on Arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder in current and retired athletes.

    Andre Collins

    NFL Players Association Appointee

    Andre played in the NFL for 10 years including starting in Super Bowl XXVI for the Washington Redskins. He currently serves as the NFLPA Director of Former Players Services and Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation, helping players transition out of the game. He is responsible for managing a department that services the League’s former players, creating a sense of community, compassion and opportunity working with 38 former players’ chapters across the country. Andre’s personal experiences after leaving the game and a desire to make the transition smoother for retirees is his driving force on the board.

    Willie Lanier

    Professional Football Hall of Fame Appointee

    Willie played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs for 11 seasons. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was elected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls, among many other distinctions. His favorite NFL moment was being a part of the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl-winning team in 1970. Willie’s goal as a board member is to help former players, but also to raise awareness about the many issues of transition for current players. He is currently the President of The Lanier Group, an acquisition firm in Richmond, VA.

    Ozzie Newsome

    National Football League Appointee

    Ozzie played in the NFL for 13 seasons and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has spent an additional 26 years holding various executive positions in the NFL. Since 2002 he has been the General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens, the first African-American to occupy this position in League history. Ozzie has experienced many great NFL moments, but it is the day to day, being in touch with the players that he most enjoys. His PCF board position gives him the opportunity to help the many great men who paved the way for today’s game.

    Roman Oben

    PCF Board Appointee

    As a member of the NFL Alumni Board of Directors Roman Oben is charged with the responsibility of providing effective governance to the organization's mission and strategic direction, as well as giving guidance, assistance, and oversight to the Executive Director. In 2015, Oben joined the NFL as Director of Youth & High School football, where he drives the league’s youth football strategy and develops new programs to encourage participation in tackle and flag football. Oben’s professional playing career began with the New York Giants in 1996 and continued in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and San Diego. Throughout, Oben has been a leader and advocate for youth sports enrichment, and has received countless awards for community service both as an NFL player and off the field.

    Ken Scherer

    PCF Board Appointee

    Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation, supports the leading Hollywood charity in providing senior care, child care, and an array of social services to all those who work in the entertainment industry. He has held the position of CEO for the past 17 years and oversees the marketing and fundraising for MPTF. Ken is a life-long NFL fan and pleased to help shape an organization that helps take care of former players.

    Al Smith

    NFL Alumni Association Appointee

    Al Smith is a former All-Pro National Football League player, executive, author, and speaker with over 25 years of leadership experience in sports, business, broadcasting, and community service.

    A collegiate standout, Smith was inducted into the Utah State Athletic Hall of Fame and selected for the State of Utah’s All-Century Team. In 1987, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers, where some of his NFL career highlights include multiple Pro Bowl selections and First Team All-Pro Honors.

    Currently, Al serves on the Board of Directors for the NFL Alumni Association, the American Cancer Society, and Ambassador to the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.

     

    Harold Henderson

    President

    Harold R. Henderson served as NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations and Chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee for sixteen years. In that capacity, he had responsibility for all aspects of the League's player and labor relations, with a legal and professional staff of 44 reporting to him. After 2007 Mr. Henderson focused on Player Development programs; drug, alcohol, steroid and conduct policies; and benefits for current and former players. He has been President of the NFL Player Care Foundation since its creation, and continued in that role after his retirement from the NFL in 2012.

    Belinda Lerner

    Executive Director

    Belinda Lerner is the Executive Director for the NFL Player Care Foundation and Vice President of NFL Alumni Affairs and Retired Player Programs. In her role as Executive for the NFL Player Care Foundation, she is responsible for directing all the Foundation’s operations including grant distribution and managing charitable partnerships and programs. As Vice President, she represents the NFL in a variety of matters focusing primarily on player disabilities and health and wellness programming. Ms. Lerner was the first female attorney to be employed by the NFL when she was hired in July 1993 to work in the NFL Management Council. During her tenure with the NFL, she negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement with the NFL game officials union, has represented NFL clubs in numerous arbitration hearings, and has provided them with advice and council on a variety of collective bargaining and employment issues.

    Dennis Curran

    Secretary/Treasurer

    Dennis is the Senior Vice President of Policy for the National Football League and has been employed by the NFL dealing with player benefit matters since 1980. He has been the principal NFL negotiator of all collectively bargained benefits, including those dealing with temporary and permanent disabilities, neurocognitive deficits and dementia. He is proud of the current collective bargaining benefit structure which has evolved and expanded to provide post–career help to players in multiple stages throughout their retirement.

    Brendan Wilson

    Secretary

    Brendan Wilson is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he serves as a member of the firm’s tax-exempt organizations practice group. In that role, Mr. Wilson counsels charities, private foundations and associations on tax and corporate law matters. He has worked with the NFL Player Care Foundation since its founding in 2007 and has been a member of its Scholarship Committee since 2016, helping former NFL players pursue various post-graduate educational opportunities.

    Dana Lihan

    Program Director

    Dana Lihan is the NFL Player Care Foundation's Program Director.  In
    this role, Dana provides direction on all PCF programs.  Dana helps all
    former players at any point in their post-NFL life by developing an
    individualized case management process.  Dana participates in programs
    ranging from career transition, financial assistance and health and
    wellness, including coordinating neurological exams and connecting them
    with many of PCF's former NFL player partners.  She directs the PCF
    Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program, its national cardiovascular and
    prostate screening program that also offers mental health resources and
    education free of charge to all former players.  Prior to joining PCF
    Dana directed the activities of the NFL Alumni's Dire Need Charitable
    Trust, and since 2001 has worked as a Certified Child Advocate with the
    Guardian ad Litem Program, which provides legal support for abused ,
    abandoned and neglected children in foster care.

    Andrew Jo

    Assistant Treasurer/Program Manager

    Andrew Jo is currently the Manager of Retired Player Programs at the National Football League. In this role, Andrew manages incoming player cases for the NFL Player Care Foundation and provides support to retired NFL players in the areas of financial assistance, health and wellness, and NFL benefits. Andrew had previously worked with the NFL’s Community Affairs department coordinating community outreach events and youth football grants for the NFL Foundation. Prior to his work at the NFL, Andrew was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Zambia where he worked alongside the Zambian Ministry of Education on strengthening its radio education and open & distance learning initiatives.

    Jason Cantor

    Program Manager

    Jason Cantor works as the Foundation Manager of the NFL Player Care Foundation. In this role Jason manages incoming player cases for the NFL Player Care Foundation and provides support to retired NFL players in the areas of financial assistance, health and wellness, and NFL benefits. In 2015, Jason introduced the NFL Player Care Foundation Scholarship to help retired players pursue further education. Prior to his time with the Player Care Foundation, Jason worked on the philanthropic and volunteer initiatives of the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. Jason has worked in different capacities in sports with the New Jersey Nets, New York Jets, Intuit Talent Marketing Agency, Rutgers Football, and The Baseball Assistance Team at Major League Baseball.

    Nate Recknagel

    Clinical and Research Director

    Nate Recknagel is a Clinical Manager for the NFL Player Care Foundation. In this role, Nate assists in the day to day responsibilities as a case manager and serves as a medical and mental health resource for the PCF and to former NFL players. Nate's current and prior experience as a clinical social worker allows him to effectively serve as a liaison between former players and social service providers, with the goal of satisfying the emotional, financial, health, employment, and all other needs of former players.

    Nate serves as a as mental health clinician in the Psychiatric ER at University of Michigan Hospital. Prior to becoming a social worker, Nate played baseball at the University of Michigan and with the Cleveland Indians organization.

    Valon Alford

    Clinical Coordinator

    Valon Alford is a Clinical Coordinator with the NFL Player Care Foundation. In this role, Valon assists former players who have separated from the game in addressing critical transition areas, including: physical health, money management, and employment. As a clinical social worker, Valon adds mental health expertise to the psychosocial factors involved with case management. Prior to joining PCF, Valon worked as a Clinical Social Worker with the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. Valon has provided psychotherapy, behaviorally-based case planning, and court supervised case management services to children and families, as well as military beneficiaries during various stages of transition. 

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