Former Kansas City Chiefs executive Carl Peterson is the new chairman of USA Football. He replaces the late Jack Kemp.
USA Football is the national governing body of youth football. Peterson, who spent 20 years with the Chiefs, will serve as chairman of the independent nonprofit.
The group was endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002. It hosts more than 100 football events annually, instructing coaches, players and game officials and providing resources for youth football league commissioners.
What will Peterson be involved in as chairman? Here's a short list.
- Nearly 50 full-day "Coaching Schools" in more than 30 states to train volunteer youth football coaches
- 40 nationwide meetings of youth football commissioners to offer insight and share best practices
- Nearly 20 officiating camps and seminars nationwide to educate and recruit football officials
- 12 three-day "Player Academies" conducted across the country to advance players' skills, aged 9-14
- Distribution of $500,000 in equipment grants for youth football leagues, based on merit and need
- Distribution of $500,000 in volunteer youth football coach and volunteer background check subsidies
- Creation of the USA Football Youth Football Rule Book & National Playing Standard, unifying the youth game
- Author exclusive and innovative youth football-related research to further advance America's favorite sport
Pretty cool gig if you ask me. No word yet if Carl Peterson has plans yet to be USA Fooball's czar, managing every single aspect of the organization he can get his hands on.