Gridiron Heroes and Staff attend AFCA Convention

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation staff recently attended the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) convention in San Antonio, TX. The American Football Coaches Association annually hold the convention in which over 7,000 coaches from all over the country attend.

Gridiron Heroes had a booth at the convention and spoke to several coaches including college coaches Steve Spurier and Art Briles to name a few along with many high school coaches including Jack Welch of Copperas Cove in Texas.

Eddie and Chris Canales of Gridiron Heroes spoke to the general assembly attended by over 1,500 coaches and introduced by introduced by Col. William Brown part of the Talented Ten who’s life lessons are shared by this group in a book titled. “40 Days of Direction: Life Lessons from the Talented Ten” visit our website to purchase the book portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Gridiron Heroes. A special connection with this group, all played in the game when Vanderbilt played against Ole Miss and Chucky Mullins suffered a spinal injury.

Eddie Canales told the group about the needs of Gridiron Heroes and how their love of football and support is needed to help others with spinal cord injuries in the game of football.

The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) is the only national organization solely dedicated to improving football coaches through ongoing education, interaction, and networking. Its primary goal is to provide resources for personal and professional development amongst the football coaching profession. The AFCA membership includes over 11,000 members and represents coaches and several stakeholders within the game of football. Any high school, junior college, international, semi-professional or professional football coach is eligible to become a member of the AFCA.


Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation was formed in 2003 with a specific mission: To provide immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.