Najiff History

Adam S. Penna

NAJIFF is nearing our 40th year of service to the community where we work to achieve the athletic and academic growth of our young men and ladies. Adam S. Penna, Rex Brien and Richard Campbell had a dream and a personal mission to develop a wholesome program where weight was not a factor, but rather, establishes a program that mirrored the school program based on grade and age.

Early on in 1969, Lackland Air Force Base was the birth place of NAJIFF that quickly joined with Fort Sam Houston, Randolph, Kelly and Brooks Air Force Base. Soon after, “civilian” organizations became an integral part and now NAJIFF has grown into what it is today, a program to be shared by all within the San Antonio Metropolitan Area and South Texas.

As time moves on, it is important to change in order to continually improve. The 2007 season will introduce a Division II championship in order to involve more teams in the play-offs and add more games for most teams. This season, we will introduce a mid-season Spirit Competition that will provide more events and also offer a Division II format for our cheerleaders.

Although only one team will win the overall championship per age group, every child is a winner by virtue of participating in a quality program. Learning the fundamentals of football and cheerleading, meeting new friends not only within their team and league but throughout the federation, enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual well-being are all key ingredients to develop productive good citizens of the future.

Our hat is off to every commissioner, coach, team parent and league staff member for their unselfish contribution to our community. Without their great effort, NAJIFF would not exist and children would be deprived of a great learning experience. The responsibility that our volunteers assume is not an easy task, however, the lasting memories and impressions that they make upon our kids are invaluable and appreciated.

Lastly, we are proud to be part of a great organization such as NAJIFF. We are committed to enhance and provide a meaningful program that offers and emphasizes sportsmanship, family, academic and a spiritual up-bringing. We are always interested in hearing feedback, both positive and constructive to make NAJIFF better each and every year. Your opinion is needed and important.

Good luck and have a great season!