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The NFL Foundation today announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the NFL Foundation Board are SUSIE SPANOS, philanthropist and wife of San Diego Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos, and STEVE TISCH, New York Giants chairman and executive vice president.

The NFL Foundation is the league's nonprofit organization that supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support the game. The Foundation works with the league, its 32 Clubs, and current and former players to give back to NFL communities. The NFL Foundation provided certified athletic trainers in underserved schools, refurbished fields for use by sports and community organizations, and various grants for the philanthropic efforts of more than 500 current and former NFL players in 2016.

"We are pleased to welcome Susie Spanos and Steve Tisch to the NFL Foundation Board," said NFL Foundation Chairman CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON. "Their dedication to philanthropy is impressive and we look forward to working together on important initiatives to support athletes and their communities."     

Susan Spanos is a fifth-generation Californian with a proud record of service to her community. She is on the board of the Chargers Community Foundation and is active in Foundation's Chargers Champions program. To date the Foundation has provided more that $15 million in financial support to youth, education and health programs in San Diego County. She was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia Society of San Diego for her outstanding fundraising efforts on their behalf and Chaired the San Diego Zoo's annual RITZ Gala, raising a record breaking amount at the time. Susan and her husband Dean have two sons, Alexander (A.G.) and John, and reside in La Jolla. 

"I am excited and proud to join the members of the NFL Foundation in their important philanthropic work," said Spanos. "I look forward to continuing the Chargers' long-standing support of our community as a member of the Foundatio‚Äčn board and supporting the league's unwavering commitment to this important endeavor."

Steve Tisch has been involved with the New York Giants since his father, Preston Robert Tisch, purchased 50 percent of the franchise in 1991. He joined the organization as Executive Vice President in July 2005, and after his father passed away, assumed the additional title of Chairman. In May 2014, at a White House summit on youth and sports concussions, President Obama announced Steve's leadership gift to the David Geffen School of Medicine for the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT ‚ÄčProgram. The donation is the single largest gift from an individual to a medical center for a concussion-related initiative. The gift creates the first U.S. fellowship program to train pediatric neurologists who specialize in sports concussions, and establishes the world's most sophisticated research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment program for concussions and brain injuries with a particular emphasis on young athletes.

 "The NFL Foundation has a longstanding history of charitable giving and community impact," said Tisch. "I am honored to join the Board of Directors in their commitment to work on behalf of underserved communities and organizations across the country."

Spanos and Tisch join Chairman Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys; MICHAEL BIDWILL, president of the Arizona Cardinals; KIM PEGULA, owner of the Buffalo Bills; ARTHUR J. ROONEY II, president of the Pittsburgh Steelers; and LEONARD WILF, owner of the Minnesota Vikings on the NFL Foundation Board.

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