The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) today announced a restructure in its daily staffing organization and confirmed the roles of employees charged with overseeing the worldwide development and advancement of the game of American Football.
SAMANTHA RAPOPORT will assume the role of IFAF Director of Operations and JACK REED will focus entirely on his role as IFAF Development Manager, a position he has held since April 2010, having previously also held USA Football responsibilities.
Rapoport has a strong knowledge of international American football having played competitively since she was 14 years old. In high school she played on the Canadian flag football national team and while attending McGill University in Montreal, played women's tackle football as starting quarterback with the Montreal Blitz.
Rapoport began her career in 2003 in the NFL marketing department, assisting with the launch of the NFL Network and Kickoff 2003 then in 2004, moved to the NFL Player Personnel department where she worked on player contracts and the 2004 and 2005 NFL Drafts.
In 2005 a role in the NFL Youth Football department saw her oversee youth programs such as NFL FLAG and NFL Street Unplugged and in 2007, she created a program called the NFL Girls Flag Football Leadership Program that helps young females across the country find an outlet to play the sport they love. The program selected 10 girls nationwide to champion the movement at their respective schools and now more than 19,000 have been introduced to the sport of flag football in 14 cities and the program continues to grow.
As Manager of International Programs with USA Football from October 2007 to August 2010, Reed worked on many IFAF initiatives including the NFL Youth Football Fund Grant programs, USA Football's national team programs, 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship, 2008 and 2010 IFAF Technical Conferences, 2008 IFAF Development Tour and 2010 USA vs. World event.
His areas of responsibility include overseeing the IFAF World Team, IFAF Equipment Grant Program, IFAF Education Development Program (EDP), and member development, including the introduction of the game in Africa and additional territories. Reed also serves as the Pan American Federation of American Football Administrative Secretary and will be based in Massachusetts.
He studied Sports Management at New York University's Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management and completed an internship with IFAF before being hired at USA Football. He has three children: Kali (5), Jack (4) and Brady (1).