Grand Rapid Area Football Association


Welcome to the Grand Rapids Area Football Association!

The officers and members of the Grand Rapids Area Football Association are proud of the nearly 100 year tradition of Grand Rapids Football.  As extra-curricular school program budgets get tighter, the football program and coaching staff are becoming more and more dependent on the Football Association to help maintain a high quality and viable program.

This is the sixth season for Coach Spahn and his staff and we look forward to continuing to work with them.  The regular season schedule has us competing with teams much closer to Grand Rapids than in previous years which should lead to bigger crowds and closer competition both home and away.

As an association, we will work with the school, coaching staff and Jaycees to build a competitive football program through all levels culminating at the varsity.  This does not happen with the wave of a wand.  It will take player, parent, and community support through involvement, volunteering, fundraising, and donations. GRAFA is seeking membership from the Pony League up through the varsity.  It is important to remember that this is YOUR program, YOUR team, and these are YOUR boys – YOU are all members of the Grand Rapids Area Football Association!



 You and your player’s volunteer commitments are very important as we participate in fundraisers and other activities throughout the year.  Grand Rapids Thunderhawks Football needs you to help make it all happen, and here are a few suggestions on how you can participate.


  • Volunteer for at least one of our fundraising activities.

  • Work at the concession stand during 7/8, 9th, JV or Varsity games.

  • Prepare, serve & clean-up at one of our “Pre-game Fueling meals” for the Varsity team.

  • Become involved in the Grand Rapids Area Football Association by attending GRAFA meetings each month (during the off season) and every week (during the season).  All GRAFA members attending meetings have a vote!

  • Visit our website: and check out our team activities.

  • Request to join Grand Rapids Area Football Association on Facebook.


Here are just some of the costs not covered by the school activity fee:

Assistant Coaches                            Varsity Charter Bus Transportation

Pre-Game Fueling Meals                Audio/Visual Equipment

Team Camp Bussing                        On Field Equipment

Local Summer Camps                     Coach Training


GRAFA President Contact Information

Tom Schmoll, President



Coach Contact Information


Greg Spahn, Varsity Head Coach





Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to seeing you this football season.




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