Marques Fitch
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Kent Waldrep named CFAF Grant Committee Chairman

April 12, 2011 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – The College Football Assistance Fund (CFAF) announced today that Kent Waldrep has been named CFAF Grant Committee Chairman and that grant applications are now officially being accepted.  Guidelines and the grant application can be found by clicking here.

On February 8, 2011 the CFAF made its inaugural grant to Eric LeGrand of Rutgers University to help with his home modifications. Eric was injured in the fall of 2010, and was then diagnosed as being paralyzed. Eric has recently had feeling and sensation in all of his extremities.

Serving as Chairman of the CFAF Grant Committee is Kent Waldrep, a former TCU running back who was paralyzed in 1974 in a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.  

“Kent Waldrep brings a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing seriously injured college football players,” said June Jones, CFAF Board Member. “We are truly honored to have his input and service to this very important cause.”

Kent Waldrep suffered an injury to his fifth cervical vertebrae after he went airborne in a play towards the sideline and was paralyzed as his helmet met the artificial turf. More can be found on Kent by visiting He was instrumental in establishing the criteria and guidelines for who is eligible for CFAF funds.

“It is a privilege to serve in this capacity and help ease the transition for college football players and their families,” said Kent Waldrep, CFAF Grant Chairman.  “We wanted to make the application as simple and streamlined as possible. “

Grants will be available for athletes in all three divisions of college football. The application can be submitted online. Assistance will be provided but not limited to the following categories below.

  • Travel and Lodging: emergency funds will be made available for the immediate family needing assistance with a catastrophic or life-threatening injury.
  • Extended Lodging: to assist the immediate family with expenses incurred with longer term hospitalization or rehabilitation associated with catastrophic head or spinal cord injury.
  • Initial Hospital Stay:  to the extent other insurances may not cover.
  • Rehabilitation:  to the extent other insurances or other sources may not cover.
  • Equipment: all durable medical equipment; including braces, crutches, artificial limbs, wheelchairs or other orthopedic devices needed for healing, mobility assistance or sensory enhancement.
  • Vehicle Modification:  for vans or other vehicles to be equipped with lifts, driving aids, lock-downs and other assistive technology to enable the injured player to drive or be transported as a passenger.
  • Home Modification: to build ramps, widen doors and modify rooms so that the player can access and exit the home as needed.
  • Monthly Expenses/Home Healthcare:  for medical supplies, nursing or personal assistance care, utility bills associated with the injury, physical or occupational therapy and travel costs associated with the above.
  • Education: to the extent the players scholarship/ or lack thereof may not complete a college undergraduate degree program.
  • Retraining: to the degree a player may need specialized training because of the nature of the disability and the player’s pre-injury aptitude.

CFAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of those who have sustained serious injuries through college football. Assistance will be provided to ease the burden of medical costs associated with injuries such as joint replacement, spine treatment, neurological care and other related expenses.

The CFAF was founded in the fall of 2010 by a group of collegiate coaches, athletic administrators, and business leaders concerned about the limited resources for seriously injured football players.

Eric Affeldt
President & CEO,
ClubCorp, Inc.
David Bailiff
Head Football Coach,
Rice University
Bob Beaudine
Author – The Power of Who, CEO, Eastman & Beaudine
Brad Brookshire
Brookshire Grocery Company
Troy Calhoun
Head Football Coach,
U.S. Air Force Academy
Margo Daniels
Assistant Tournament Director
Pebble Beach Company
Fisher DeBerry
Past President, American Football Coaches Association
Former Head Football Coach,
U.S. Air Force Academy
Chris Del Conte
Athletic Director,
Rich Ellerson
Former Head Football Coach,
Larry Fedora
Head Football Coach,
University of North Carolina
Jeff Fehlis,
Director of Global Sales,
American Airlines
Dennis Franchione
Former Head Football Coach,
(Texas State, New Mexico, TCU, Alabama & Texas A&M)
Todd Graham
Head Football Coach,
Arizona State University
James “Shack” Harris
Former NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback
Kathleen Hessert
Buzz Manager, Inc.
Kirby Hocutt
Athletics Director,
Texas Tech
Clark Hunt
Chairman & CEO,
Kansas City Chiefs
Paul Johnson
Head Football Coach,
Georgia Tech
June Jones
Former Head Football Coach
(Hawai’i & SMU)
Stephen Jones
Executive VP & COO,
Dallas Cowboys
George Killebrew
Executive Vice President,
Dallas Mavericks
Bill King
Nationally Known Sports Talk Radio Host, Sirius XM
Paul B. Loyd, Jr.
PBL Holdings
Donna Lucas
CEO & President,
Lucas Public Affairs
Warren Moon
NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
Rick Neuheisel
Former Head Football Coach (Colorado, UCLA & Washington)
Kenny Niumatalolo
Head Football Coach,
U.S. Naval Academy
Houston Nutt
Former Head Football Coach
Steve Orsini
Former Athletic Director,
James A. Pappas
P.J. Mechanical Corp.
T. Boone Pickens
John Priore
Priority Payment Systems
Dr. Jerry Punch
Physician & Broadcaster
Dan Radakovich
Athletic Director,
Jackie Sherrill
Former Head Football Coach (Washington State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Mississippi State)
Jeff Staubauch
Executive Vice-President,
Jones Lang LaSalle
Mark Steines
Entertainment Tonight
Grant Teaff
AFCA Executive Director
Former Head Football Coach (McMurry, Angelo State & Baylor)
Dick Tomey
Past President, American Football Coaches Association
Former Head Football Coach (Arizona, Hawai’i & San Jose)
Walter Umphrey
Attorney, Provost,
Umphrey Law Firm
Mike Wade
Vice President,
AdvoCare International
Devon Walker
Former Tulane Defensive Back
& CFAF Grant Recipient
Doug Williams
Super Bowl MVP Quarterback
Senior VP of Player Personnel, Washington Redskins
Bob Wilson
President, Wilson Air Center
Executive VP, Kemmons Wilson