Pro’s & Board Members


Mark Hannah, CEO











Pro Advisory Board:           

Roman Gabriel, NFL

Bobby Douglass,NFL

Charley Johnson, NFL

Billy Kilmer, NFL

Kenneth F. Lind

Paul Hornung NFL (HOF)

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Special Kids~Special Needs

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Pros for America’s Youth, along with Arizona Charities Foundation, is proud to announce our new program Special Kids – Special Needs.

There are estimated to be more than 10,000 children in Arizona alone that suffer from a classified “special needs” disorder. Our children face the challenges of Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Autism, Multiple Sclerosis and other diseases and disorders that impair their ability to enjoy so many of the things that many of us take for granted.

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By providing venues, games, resources and events for these amazing, happy, lovable kids…the PFAY Special Kids-Special Needs program gives a momentary burst of joy and a sense of pride every month to each of our participating children and their families. From a movie night to a ballroom formal dance, from the water park to a children’s art exhibit, our sole focus is to help our beautiful children feel like “special” kids for at least one wonderful, fun filled day every month.

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Just one look at their bright eyes, big smiles, and of course all the giggles and belly laughs…and you can see the motivation we have to do what we do for these incredible, special children.

Arizona Charities Foundation is helping us raise money to hold these monthly events that are free to those families with Special Needs children. Any support that you may be able to provide is greatly appreciated. We can even give you a coupon Gift Card featuring dozens of local merchant discounts, BOGO’s and coupons if you are able to make a small contribution to help sponsor one of our kids.

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If you would like to see a few pictures from our latest Special Kids event, click here.

Our beautiful children deserve happiness, and with your help, we can give them one shining moment every month where they feel “special” and loved. Thank you for caring and thank you for your support!



Pros For America’s Youth is working hard to help the youth of this country fight obesity.  If something is not done to help these children, we will lose a large percentage of them due to health problems that will lead to death at an early age. This will cost our country billions of tax dollars for their health care.  Our Chairman, Mark Hannah, has an answer to help educate about the dangers of obesity and how to fight it by joining forces with another non-profit organization, Operation Tone Up. (

Our objective is to have Hall of Fame athletes Paul Hornung—NFL, Mike Ditka—NFL, Dick Butkus—NFL, John Havlicek–NBA, Gayle Sayers—NFL, Sam Huff–NFL, Tony Dorsett—NFL, Earl Campbell—NFL, Nick Buoniconti–NFL, Phil Niekro—MLB, Ferguson Jenkins—MLB, Don Maynard—NFL, Jan Stenerud—NFL, Bill Mazeroski—MLB, Bobby Orr—NHL, Paul Molitor—MLB, Robin Yount—MLB, Bob Lanier–NBA ( If their present contracts will allow and they agree to do for our cause), record a ninety second commercial for Pros For America’s Youth that we can use in our classroom presentation. These commercials can be shown in the local regions where that athlete played their sport. We will be able, because of the power of television and the Internet, to invite some of the influential people in the various communities who can support this concept of saving lives.

The core program sponsored by Pros for America’s Youth is our awareness program, an awareness prevention program that targets elementary schools only. The program’s approach is clear: We educate the children at a very early age about the dangers of OBESITY, and how to fight it.

A key component of the program will be CD educational tapes issued to each school. These CDs will teach the causes of obesity and how to combat it. Operation Tone Up and Pros For America’s Youth will also have the help of Influence the Cause, which is a fundraising organization that uses videos and other various marketing tools to inform the public of our programs.

Mission Statement

Pros For America’s Youth Foundation is dedicated to helping all children in making better decisions.  We have had prgrams in anti-drugs and anti-smoking that were very successful, but today there is a much larger problem facing our youth, OBESITY

Children today need to learn to make the right decisions about what the chose to do for their health.  We have adopted a preventative approach to factors that threaten our young leaders.  This ideology is reflected in our slogans: “GET FIT,STAY FIT and”Be Smart, Never Start”, by kNOwing about the dangers of tobacco use.  It is our belief that through education we can bridge the communication gap and positively impact our children’s lives.  Athletes realize the importance of getting fit and staying away from tobacco, and if we can touch the lives of just some of our youth, then we have accomplished our goal.

Mark Hannah and Pros for Americas Youth

Mark Hannah at Tecolote Beach

Mark Hannah at Tecolote Beach

We had the pleasure this week to meet with Mr. Mark Hannah from Kentucky.  He had never been to Baja, never to La Paz!   Mark is an amazing and wonderful man.   After being injured during two tryouts with the NFL, Mark embarked on forming a non profit organization called Pro’s for America’s Youth, that has worked through the school system to educate over 400,000 kids on the dangers of tobacco use. Now his organizatin is helping the youth learn about obesity and how to stop it.

Mark with the Santa Ana family and Ramon Garcia

Mark with the Santa Ana family and Ramon Garcia

Mark has enlisted many of his peers from the NFL, NBA and MLB  to mentor young people around the Americas.  Mark’s current project is to address the childhood obesity problem with America’s youth with the introduction of the HEALTHY STRAW, a unique non system of being able to get one’s need for A GREAT TASTING DRINK, without all the additives and sugars in todays sodas and sports drinks.

Mark was very supportive of our own annual Charity fishing tournament, the La Paz Gold Cup.

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KiZa, Newtek, Baja Quest, La Paz Gold Cup Team

This year is our second annual Gold Cup Charity Black and Blue Marlin Fishing tournament.

Through the local Rotary Club this tournament raises funds for the Children of La Paz and DIF, the government agency responsible for the welfare of children in Mexico.

Last year, many needy children received prosthetic limbs, emergency funds, and other forms of support.

You can learn more about Marks program at

For more information, comments or questions, please drop me a line



Pros For America’s Youth Foundation (PFAY) was founded by Mark Hannah in May of 1988 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization incorporated in the State of West Virginia. The organization moved to Arizona in 1989. The Foundation has been actively devising and pursuing educational programs for implementation in Arizona’s schools with the assistance of professional athletes.

In 1993 the organization formed the “kNOw Tobacco” campaign as a natural extension of the Foundation’s youth-oriented educational efforts. PFAY originally set out to educate young children on the negative effects of drugs. We soon figured out that tobacco use was the gateway to most drug use, so we have evolved from a group with numerous ideas into a group that is creating and implementing a comprehensive educational school program that is directed to teach the very young children (K-6 grades)that tobacco use can lead to other more harmful drugs. “Be smart, Never Start”

The “kNOw Tobacco®” program is PFAY’s comprehensive education program. We appreciate all the help we have had from the former Governor of West Virginia and now Senator Joe Manchin, who played college football with our Chairman, Mark Hannah.  

We thank, Jack Whitaker, the Powerball Winner who donated the coloring books to every elementary student in West Virginia for our “kNOw Tobacco Program”, and to all the principals and teachers and even the students who made it all possible. We thank you all. We hope everyone can now help us on our new adventure of fighting childhood obesity.

We also want to thank the people in Arizona, like Senator John McCain, Don Hannah, and Ken Lind, who were so helpful in making our program such a success. To help us in our program call Mark Hannah (606) 465-2400