For the history on Athletes for Life, see below
2021- AFL enters into an agreement with the former participant, and present
NFL runningback, Alexander Mattison, to become the new face and image of the
Summer Life Skills program. AFL also agrees to run two additional camps for
Mattison in Boise, ID., and in Minneapolis, MN. Boise is his college town, and
Minneapolis is his new home in the National Football League.
2020 - AFL's PASS program began servicing its contract with the San Bernardino City USD. PASS program will be hosted in all 11 middle schools, after-school programs.
2019 - In August, AFL to launch its own curriculum for before/after-school programs, to benefit the middle school, high school, and foster care students. In November, AFL hosted its first annual charity golf outing in Temecula to celebrate 30 years of service in California.
2018 - AFL began working on the PASS Leadership curriculum for middle and high school students, as well as, for foster care students.
2017 - Founder, Greg Bell, finishes his first book directed towards middle school and high school students called, Athletic Wisdom for Students.
2016 - AFL hosted the Mayors' Freeway Jazz Festival in the Park.
Greg Bell named keynote at the CAASA conference in March.
Greg was one of the former Rams players to speak at the "Champions in the Zone" conference in Inglewood, CA (Faithful Center Church).
2015 - Athletes for Life celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Summer Life Skills program. Highlighting the program was the visit of the 2015 NFL Hall of Famers, Jerome Bettis, and Tim Brown.
2013/14 - Athletes for Life re-signs with the Rialto Unified School District (RUSD). AFL oversees a structured weekend sports program, which includes flag football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and track, and field. AFL serves all nineteen (19) elementary schools and five (5) middle schools for the district, providing educational enrichment and structured physical activity programs for their After School Education program.
2012 - Athletes for Life becomes a service provider with CAPS after-school program and San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). AFL creates and oversees a structured 7 on 7 football program for the CAPS After School Education and Safety Program. AFL provides services to all ten (10) middle schools in the district, providing educational enrichment and a structured physical activity program. The program is state and federally funded through the 21st Century grant.
2010/11 - Athletes for Life continues working with the RUSD and the Rialto Sports Program. Our focus was on hosting weekend sports programs to enhance the physical activity of middle school students.
2008/09 - Athletes for Life "ROCKS" takes over the Rialto Unified School Districts
(RUSD) After School Education and Safety Program (ASES). AFL to serve all five-
middle schools in the district, providing homework assistance, educational enrich-
ment and a structured physical activity program. This program is state and
federally funded through the 21st Century grant and is required to operate for 180
school days between the hours of 3 pm to 6 pm.
2008 - Athletes for Life's president, Greg Bell, speaks to more than 9,000-grade school youth in the Adelanto USD. Greg Bell speaks with the students of Adelanto Unified School District over a 3 month period. In May 2008, AFL hosted its first-ever JPD Youth Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and in June, it hosted its first Youth Conferences in Rialto, Ca.
2007 - AFL founder, Greg Bell, sits as Chairman for the City of Fontana, as they raise $500,000 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Children's library.
2002 - Athletes for Life, in association with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, announces the collaboration of a series of events designed to expose Central Coast youth to the joy of playing football.
• AFL hosts its first-ever NFL/ Pepsi Punt, Pass & Kick Contest at Santa Ynez HS.
• AFL served as a scholarship donor for the John Wooden Classic, donating $1,500 to the local scholarship award winner.
• AFL hosts NFL sponsored Junior Player Development Football Program in Santa Ynez, Ca.
1997 - AFL sponsors 200 students to attend the inaugural Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, California.
1992 - AFL creates its mentoring program with four school districts. AFL assisted with job development and placement. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) asks Greg Bell to be its national spokesperson for their program “Demand Reduction.”
1990 - California Governor, Jerry Brown, honors AFL for its work in the state of California.
1989 - Greg Bell’s college teammate and dear friend, Stacey Toran, dies in a drunk driving accident, facilitating the creation of the Athletes for Life Foundation. Nancy Reagan asks Greg Bell to serve with her, as California representative for “Just Say No.” See the photo below.
1988 - First Lady, Nancy Reagan, honors NY Gov. Mario Cuomo and his program Athletes Against Drunk Driving, as one of the nation's top youth programs.
1987 - AADD is honored by President Ronald Reagan. Greg Bell was traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
1984 - Upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Greg Bell is selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the draft. Greg Bell was named state spokesperson by NY Governor Mario Cuomo for the State’s “Athletes Against Drunk Driving" program (AADD). See the photo below.