On Sunday, December 14, 1997, twelve mothers of professional football players met to discuss the possibility of forming a national association to support each other and our player sons.  It was determined that there was no mechanism to provide information to mothers whose sons were new to professional football, and that such an association would be beneficial. Preliminary attempts were made to identify mothers who would work on the organizing committee.  After making initial contacts, a meeting was held in New York on March 15, 1998 and subsequently in Colorado with fifteen mothers participating.  The mothers reached a consensus and thereby the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA) was born. The organization held its first official meeting under the name of 'Professional Football Players Mothers Association' in Kansas City, Missouri in July 1999.

The Association specially honors the Founding Members who participated in one or more of the 1998 organizational meetings for their vision in creating this organization.  There were 38 founding members.  Those members are listed below:

Founding Members

Cleotha Aldridge**  Melva Boulware  JoCarolyn Chamberlain
Alyce Pipkin- Allen  Carleen Brady Terlisha Cockrell***
Ollia Anderson      Leslie Burnett        Carol Crockett*
Gladys Bettis**  Kathy Carter   Lawanda Davis
Bertina Duncan**  Donna George*** Goldia Gordon
Ruby Harris  Linda Harrison** Earline Jenkins*
Rhonda Lewis   Janet Marts Sandy McCrary
Gloria McDuffie***  Tommie Mills   Edith Morgan
Cassandra Sneed Odgen   Arlene Parker-Dixon Marilyn Porcher** 
Eleanor Russell  Khalada Salaam Pauline Sharper**
 Lutisha Smith*** Sharon Stoutmire** Mary Taylor-Ojo** 
Patricia Terrell   Chong Vinson   Gloria Ward
Georgia Westbrook*    Christine Williams  


*Active founding members
**Active Lifetime members
***Deceased members