When you first hear the words "Gridiron Heroes" a picture of football's greatest players is most likely the very first image that appears in your mind. What if you were told that there is a group of young men who will never have the opportunity of playing football again?

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Great things are about to take place in the lives of our young Gridiron Heroes. They and their families have paid a tremendous cost physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.



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April 10, 2014: Find thousands of coupons at more than 4,000 stores from NFL Shop to Bloomingdale's, and each time you shop, a donation will go to help Gridiron Heroes!  


February 28, 2014: Hispanic Organization Helping Others (H.O.H.O's) - Spurs & Pearls Benefit - 1010 N. Collins, Arlington, TX - View Information


January 18, 2014: Founders Eddie & Chris Canales were inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame during an Enshrinement Ceremony in Laredo, Texas. View Information


January 9, 2014: Founders of Gridiron Heroes Announced as 2014 Latin American Sports Hall of Fame Inductees | Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Laredo Country Club - Laredo, TX View Press Release


December 15, 2013: Lone Survivor Screening - Regal Live Oak Stadium 18 Theater - Live Oak, TX View Information


September 13 & 14, 2013: Softball Showdown (Celebrity Softball Game and Co-Ed Tournament) - Schertz, TX View Information


September 1, 2013: Labor of Rock - Blue Bonnet Palace - Selma, TX View Information


September 2013: Road Trip for Heroes - Dallas, Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston - View Information


May 6, 2013: San Antonio Quarterback Club Kicks Off New Season with Kliff Kingsbury - Earl Abel's - San Antonio, TX View Information


April 4, 2013: The Hill That Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story Won Best Documentary Feature in the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival! "Football Documentary a Must-See for Players, Parents" - The San Jose Mercury News - View Information | View Article


March 16, 2013: Bobby Hosea's Helmet-Free-Tackle Coaches Clinic - Tom Benson Stadium at the University of the Incarnate Word - San Antonio, TX View Information


February 1, 2013: Helmet Free Academy Marketing Packet View Information


November 24, 2012: Fundraiser to benefit Gridiron Heroes before and during UTSA vs. Texas State football game - Alamodome - San Antonio, TX View Information

October 22, 2012: Gridiron Heroes featured on ESPN E:60 "Busted Coverage" View Information | Watch Video


September 28, 2012: Gridiron Heroes Donates a Van to Injured Athlete Luis Morales - Vega, TX View Information | Read Article


August 3-4, 2012: Bobby Hosea Football Clinic - University of the Incarnate Word Football Facility - San Antonio, TX View Information


June 23, 2012: A Tribute to Red & Charline McCombs - JW Marriott, San Antonio, TX View Information


May 11, 2012: Beyond the Lights Celebrity Golf Classic - Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, TX View Information


April 25, 2012: 2012 NFL Draft Preview Party and Sports Expo benefitting Gridirion Heroes - Arlington, TX View Information


April 13, 2012: Gridiron Heroes/Touchback Movie Fundraising Event - In select theaters April 13 View Information


December 11, 2011: Eddie Canales, founder of Gridiron Heroes, was honored at the 2011 CNN HEROES AWARDS SHOW! - Los Angeles, CA Watch Video


Mission Statement

Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Foundation provides immediate, as well as, long term resources and support to individuals sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury through activities associated with high school football.

Gridiron Heroes is funded solely through private contributions and operates on a minimal annual budget. Administrative and fundraising expenses are below charitable standards as established through Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, with oversight by a non-paid and voluntary board of directors. Your tax-deductible gifts will truly make a difference in the lives and well-being of our Gridiron Heroes.

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Coaches' Corner

Help us with the prevention side of the injury. In conjuction with the American Football Coaches Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association.


Great things are about to take place in the lives of our young Gridiron Heroes. They and their families have paid a tremendous cost physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.


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