The NFL Foundation funds and supports league-wide initiatives aimed at making a big difference in communities across the nation.
NFL PLAY 60
For 15+ years (since 2007), the NFL PLAY 60 Initiative has served as the League’s national youth health and wellness initiative to encourage millions of kids across the country to get physically active for at least 60 minutes a day and fuel the body with nutritious foods. With more than $361 million to youth health and fitness through PLAY 60 programming, grants and awareness campaigns, the NFL, its 32 clubs and its PLAY 60 partners have provided more than 38 million children the resources they need to boost their activity levels by supporting programs in over 73,000 schools and constructing more than 282 youth fitness zones nationwide.
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For over a decade, the NFL and American Cancer Society (ACS) have worked together to support the fight against cancer through Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer. The initiative addresses early detection and risk reduction efforts for multiple cancers. Since 2009, the first year of the NFL's Crucial Catch campaign, the league’s work has raised more than $27 million for the American Cancer Society.
Since 2012, the NFL has funded ACS’ Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) grants, which have contributed to over 600,000 screenings in under-resourced communities and reached more than 1.3 million individuals through education, screening reminders and patient navigation, bringing these life-saving messages and screening services to those who need them most. Some of the services provided this season included providing funding for mobile mammograms, expanding screening services to the uninsured and operations outside of normal business hours, plus rides to those experiencing transportation barriers.
Additionally, the NFL Foundation provides grants to its 32 clubs to support activities in their communities to help in the fight against cancer. Learn more about Crucial Catch.
SALUTE TO SERVICE
Salute to Service is a year-round effort to honor, empower and connect our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. It is grounded in deep partnerships with nonprofits and organizations that support the military community in the United States and across the world.
Since 2011, the NFL has raised more than $58 million for its core nonprofit military partners—the Pat Tillman Foundation, TAPS, USO, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
The NFL Foundation provides its 32 clubs with grant funds to fund programs and provide resources that positively impact active duty and veteran military members and their families. Funds are raised through two primary channels: NFL Auction and the sale of Salute to Service identified merchandise at retail. Learn more about Salute to Service.
NFL Inspire Change is the League’s social justice platform, open to all teams and players. It includes an acknowledgment of the ways that systemic racism contributes to barriers to opportunity. Inspire Change work encompasses programs and initiatives in four key areas: Education, Economic Advancement, Police-Community Relations and Criminal Justice Reform.
The League’s continued support of the Players Coalition comes as the NFL and its teams have surpassed their $250 million commitment to combat systemic racism—four years ahead of schedule. The expanded partnership builds on the NFL’s social justice grants, which have to date supported more than 650 local non-profits, 1,950 player and Legend matching grants, and more than 40 national grant partners. For more information, click here.
WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Considered one of the League’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton.
All 32 team winners were highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LVI. The 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award winner received a $255,000 donation to the charity of their choice, while the remaining 31 nominees each received a donation of up to $55,000 in their name to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback DAK PRESCOTT was named the 2022 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Presented by Nationwide for his commitment to inspiring others around him to push through adversity and help those in need. He is a leader in both the mental health space and raising awareness for the fight against cancer.
For a list of all 32 team nominees and to see how they create a positive impact in their communities click here.
SUPER BOWL LEGACY GRANTS
Each year, the NFL, via the NFL Foundation, seeks to improve the Super Bowl host community through its Super Bowl Legacy Grant initiative by awarding a $1 million grant matched by the Super Bowl Host Committee and allocated to local nonprofit organizations.
This year, the NFL Foundation partnered with the Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee to help support and promote the Super Bowl Legacy Grant program and the everlasting impression Super Bowl LVII had in Arizona.