Alumni Football is the practice of playing American Football on behalf of your old alma mater.
Alumni football has been around for decades. While there have been many high schools doing alumni football for the last 100 years, there are 3 companies that have been doing alumni football as a business. There is Alumni Football USA®, Gridiron Alumni, and Alumni Athletics USA.
Alumni football is spreading widely over the United States. Gridiron Alumni has done games in California, Nevada, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia and more.
Types of alumni football
There are usually two different types of alumni football. There is flag football and full contact football. There are also two different types of entities that perform alumni football games. Some schools have chosen to take on the liability and task of putting on games, while most have employed professional companies.
Alumni Football USA®, Gridiron Alumni,and Alumni Athletics USA, who put on these games and charge a player fee.
Alumni Football USA® has helped schools across the country raise over $1,250,000 since 2009., citing that they have done while putting on over 1000 games for an average of roughly <$1000 per school.
Fundraising: Gridiron Alumni
While it is a small focus for others, Gridiron Alumni football focuses primarily on the fundraising side of things. Gridiron Alumni has raised over $250,000 for schools and charities since 2010, but in only 40 games. They average over $6000 per game for fundraising and GUARANTEE that the school will make at least $1000 plus concessions.
Values of the game
Alumni football is a modern day revival of sorts. It has a value far beyond the game itself. It allows for players to reconnect with their football roots and brings teammates across the decades together on one team.
Some schools have been known to run their own games. There is some legal discussion on whether schools are able to issue school gear to non-students. There are two main issues at debate.
- Is a school's insurance covered for non-student adults playing in a sport on behalf of the school?
- In order to disperse equipment to adults that was meant for students, what safety precautions need to be taken in order to protect the student and the adult?
- Who is governing these safety issues? All equipment needs to be NOCSAE certified before it goes on the body of a student. If it is used after certification by an adult, it could be damaged and be unsafe for use on a student. This damage may not be visible to the eye. That is why reconditioning companies (with NOCSAE Certification) have special machines to test the safety of equipment.
All three Major Companies have their own gear and significant Release of Liability Waivers.
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