USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, today announced that former Chiefs president/GM Carl Peterson will serve as the independent non-profit’s new chairman. Peterson, a successful football scout, coach and NFL team executive for more than 40 years, assumes the organization’s leadership role following the death of former chairman Jack Kemp.
An independent non-profit, USA Football was endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 and is composed of members – youth coaches, league commissioners and game officials – residing in all 50 states. USA Football hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners.
USA Football is the host federation for the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio’s Fawcett Stadium, featuring high school-aged teams from eight nations spanning four continents from June 27-July 5.
Peterson will preside over USA Football’s board of directors and offer his insight toward USA Football initiatives. Currently on USA Football’s board are NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith.
A longtime advocate of youth football, Peterson has served on the board of the NFL Youth Football Fund and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
USA Football bolsters high school football, benefiting its 1.13 million players – more than doubling the next-played sport by high school boys. USA Football was commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), based in Indianapolis, to help create an online varsity football coaching education course available to America’s high school football coaches and state athletic associations.
USA Football also assembles America’s national teams for international competitions conducted by football’s international federation (IFAF), which consists of 52 member countries spanning five continents.
I don’t think anyone thought Peterson would be out of work very long. I was buying into the rumors of him jetting down to Miami to work in the sun, but with USA Football he gets to be a part of a national program and is still connected to the NFL by way of Goodell and Smith on the board of directors. At the end of the day people only want to see how many championships you’ve won, but lets not forget he did a lot of great things not only for the Chiefs, but also the city of Kansas City.