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APU Partners with NFL Players Association to Offer Quality Online Degree and Career Services Programs to NFLPA Members

Charles Town, WV, and Washington, DC, Nov. 15, 2012American Public University (APU) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) today announced a partnership to support the educational and career development needs of NFLPA members.  The announcement reflects NFLPA’s commitment to assisting its members with career transition from the playing field, as well as APU’s continued effort to provide access to affordable and relevant academic programs for today’s working professionals.

Under the terms of the agreement, NFLPA members enrolled as APU students will be eligible for scholarship funding.  They will also have access to a variety of career services, including mentoring and networking opportunities, and university-sponsored job boards and career fairs.

“This agreement with American Public University adds to a healthy list of our continuing education offerings, and demonstrates our continued commitment to helping our members make a successful career transition from the playing field,” said Andre Collins, director of former players for NFLPA. “APU’s reputation for providing affordable, quality academic programs to working professionals made them a good fit to fill a void for NFLPA members looking for affordability and flexibility.”  

“Teaming with the NFLPA will help bring a higher education degree within reach for a greater number of their members, particularly those seeking to complete studies started prior to their playing careers,” said Jay Richardson, APU manager of strategic partnerships. “APU’s online format is attractive because many former players are not able to go back to a traditional campus for family, career or financial reasons.”

About National Football League Players Association
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit