NFL: ‘It’s an opportunity for us to show our community’
NEW YORK — The NFL announced Friday it will allow student athletes to take advantage of the game’s newest opportunity to show their community.
The NFL announced the program, which will be open to student athletes who do not attend college and have a valid ID, at the league’s All-Star Game in Miami.
The program, called the “Student Athletes Program,” will allow players to participate in events such as house room rentals and host student rooms, the NFL said.
“As a community, we’re excited about the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of students in need of housing and support,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Football Operations and Senior Vice Presidents for Player Personnel Jon Steinbrenner.
“The Student Athletes program is a great way to bring a positive impact on student athletes and the NFL community.”
In its announcement, the league said the Student Athletees program is open to anyone who lives in the United States or Canada, is a U.S. citizen, is over the age of 18, and has a valid college ID card.
It will be limited to the NFL and will only be offered to students enrolled in a four-year university or college.
The program is designed to allow players who are underrepresented on the football field to have a voice and make a difference, Steinbengers said.
The NFL will also host a community dinner for students, where they will be able to receive scholarships, food and other services from local food vendors.
The Student Players Program will be offered at the NFL’s new home of Soldier Field in Chicago, where the league hopes to expand its efforts to make it easier for young people to play.
The event is being held at a time when the league is trying to expand the number of players who can participate in its games.
The league plans to open up all of its venues and play in venues across the league starting next season.
The conference office also plans to offer the program to student members of its student-athletes union.
The first group of players will be allowed to attend the event, but Steinbregens said they will not be allowed back to their home team.
He said they are working to expand options to allow student players to attend games in other stadiums.
“We want to make sure that the student athletes are treated fairly, that we’re giving them the opportunity that they deserve, that they are given the resources that they need to make a positive contribution to our community,” Steinbenner said.
“I think it’s an important time in our community to give young people the chance to be part of our community, and we are working hard to make that happen.”
The program was announced in a press release Friday from the NFL Players Association.
It was approved by the league last week.
The full announcement will be made later Friday.
The league has been working to improve student participation in the game for more than a decade.
In 2012, the union launched the “Students for Student Participation” program to offer scholarships and other assistance to players who want to play football.
It is one of several student initiatives the league has undertaken to provide financial assistance for players who might not have been able to attend college.