From October 13th to October 17th, the American Gold Sports Alliance leadership team traveled to Austin, Texas to help umpire the United States Australian Football League National Tournament! The Onion Creek Sports Complex was filled with 50 teams and over 2,500 athletes who competed from around the country for a chance at victory. This was their first Nationals since 2019.
The United States Australian Rules Football League was founded in 1997 and is the sole representative of Australian Football within the United States. The USAFL is a grassroots, amateur sports organization dedicated to the development of and participation in Australian football. The organization is focused on the promotion and awareness of Australian Football and Aussie culture and has created a sense of community among USAFL clubs and club members. Since its inception, the USAFL has grown to include more than 50 teams across 25 states with four men’s divisions and one women’s division with more teams being created every year.
While AGSA’s Director of Operations, Tara Miller, was just being introduced to the sport during this tournament, AGSA’s President, Sid Caesar, has been a part of the Umpire’s Association for over 15 years. In fact, he is now the treasurer of the United States Australian Football League Umpires Association. The team at AGSA is honored to be a part of this ever-growing sport.
In order to continue to support this sport, AGSA has embraced the efforts of the United States Australian Football League Foundation. The USAFL Foundation was launched in 2020. The Foundation’s mission is to provide ongoing financial assistance for the development of Australian Football in the United States. The Foundation will act as an annual funding mechanism to the USAFL, a USAFL emergency fund for extreme situations, and to support the growth of Australian Football in the United States. Their goal is to raise over $2.5 Million over the next three years to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the League in 2022, starting with raising pledges, in 2020, for $1M. Each year the Foundation will support development activities, identified by the USAFL Board, that support the USAFL’s mission of growing Australian Football in the USA.
The American Gold Sports Alliance is a 501(c)(3) Sports Foundation dedicated to identifying, encouraging, and supporting student-athletes to excel at their chosen sport, irrespective of their financial status. We strive to assure that dedicated athletes have the ability to receive the support and opportunities they need to succeed.
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