Cleotha Aldridge is the WOMAN!
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is the WOMAN!
By M. Ojo February 12, 2010
Cleotha Aldridge, a founding member of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association (PFPMA), has made PFPMA one of her priorities since becoming a member in 1999.
grew up in Port Arthur, Texas and now resides in Missouri City, Texas (a suburb of Houston) where she
husband, Allen, Sr., (retired NFL player) are the parents of 2 children: Ronda, a teacher in the Houston Independent School District
, and Allen, Jr., a high school athletic director & head football coach in the Fort Bend Independent School District
, and retired NFL player with Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions.
Cleotha is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, one of the nations oldest Historically Black College/University (HBCU), where she was a captain of the cheerleading team.
For more than 26 years she
taught elementary students in the Houston Independent School District
Cleotha hit the floor running upon becoming a member of PFPMA and has not stopped yet.
A mere four months after joining PFPMA
and other Houston area PFPMA moms were busy hosting the Annual Preseason Conference.
and the Houston area moms also spearheaded PFPMAs largest fund raiser to date, the Moms and Sons Super Bowl Gala
held in Houston in 2004.
However, super bowls were not new to her, Allen, Jr., earned a super bowl ring in 1998 while playing for the Denver Broncos.
A very active, committed and respected member of PFPMA, Cleotha has spent most of those years serving on several committees, including PFPMAs Board of Directors as Regional Coordinator and Parliamentarian.
Noted for her
passion and her
understanding of parliamentary rules and procedures, her
guidance has been instrumental to PFPMA
Because of this passion and understanding, she
will debate or challenge anyone concerning Roberts Rules of Order; however, she
does so in a voice that is calming, formal and sisterly.
has served and worked under all past and present presidents of the association.
Cleotha is a constant presence at all PFPMA activities; she has attended all annual meetings, preseason conferences and super bowl activities since becoming a member.
In 2008, Cleotha became convinced that PFPMA should have a presence at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) in Washington, DC.
She introduced her idea to the Board and became PFPMAs first representative at this important event.
During the 2009 CBCFs ALC, Cleotha received a personal invitation to attend the ceremony renaming the NFL Players Associations Washington D.C. Headquarters to 63 Upshaw Place after the late Executive Director, Gene Upshaw.
During the ceremony, Cleotha had an opportunity to discuss PFPMA with Paul Tagliabue (former NFL Commissioner), DeMaurice F. Smith (Executive Director, NFL Players Association), and Roger Goddel (NFL Commissioner).
spent the last five years lovingly caring for her
mother who peacefully passed away in October.
children and grandchildren are her
You can find her
on weekends attending her
grandsons little league games and following her
son and his
high school football team.
She is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, a Silver Life member of the NAACP, member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and a member of the Juneteenth Celebration Committee in Missouri City, Texas (Juneteenth represents: June 19th - Emancipation of Slavery in the state of Texas).
interests also include volunteering in community and grass roots political organizations.
is an avid dog lover.