Charlotte Jones Anderson, a Cowboys executive vice president, a wife and a mother, has a new title: Chairwoman of the NFL's new foundation. She is the first woman to represent owners as leader of a major professional sports league foundation.
"It is an extreme honor, for sure, to be in this position," Anderson said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings in Irving. "But to the chance to be able to really make a difference in the community, to make a difference in youth football. I do have two sons who play the game. Obviously, I'm very passionate about the game. I'm passionate about it means to my children, their experience involved in the game and how it develops them as young kids and to be able to use that and to help others be able to experience the same process is exciting. Obviously, community is a very important thing for all of us. You know it is for the Cowboys. It certainly is for the league as a whole. For us to be able to take that approach and now to have the resources to really make an impact is very significant."
The NFL Foundation will focus on youth football, health and safety, and community. The foundation will award more than $23 million in grants in 2013.
"[Anderson] brings a great perspective as someone who is actively involved with the Cowboys and the NFL and has two sons playing youth football," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "She really has a great perspective on what the NFL stands for and what we want to do with the NFL Foundation going forward. So we're thrilled to have Charlotte lead us in this area."
-- Charean Williams