DFI Announces Georgia Cardinals, Atlantic Coast Conference

(ATLANTA) - The Georgia Cardinals sports leadership organization announced today they have partnered with Developmental Football International LLC (DFI) in the launch of a scalable franchise platform designed to produce 'Game-Ready Players' and 'Life-Ready Men™.'

The Cardinals organization is DFI’s first entry in its Atlantic Coast Conference, with three more eastern teams expected to be announced within 60 days. The Cardinals franchise is co-owned by Iowa State University product and veteran coach Leonard Holmes, and his wife Cindy, a global business development executive.

DFI officials confirmed the Holmes and the Cardinals were approved after a thorough review of the owners’ personal and business history, player development processes, technical abilities, fiscal responsibility, career trajectory, and social and civic responsibility. The Cardinals play their games at 3,200-capacity Osborn High Stadium in Marietta.

The Cardinals released a statement vowing “to promote the development of leadership, character, sportsmanship, tolerance, discipline, and athletic ability. Our organization will nurture fitness, volunteerism, and a lifelong love of sports in the community.

“We will help individuals finish their education where necessary, and share in their dream of academic and athletic excellence. We are grateful and thankful to be the newest member of DFI.”

The Atlanta region is Georgia’s biggest, and the nation’s ninth-largest metropolitan area.

DFI, which notably includes the SoCal Coyotes, America's #1 Developmental Football Program™, will play an eight-game schedule, with additional playoffs this fall.

For the sake of parity, and consistency, each owner must agree to zero tolerance and full compliance of DFI's suite of franchise operating guidelines. DFI heavily weighs an owner’s commitment to community integration.

In addition to developing elite pro football prospects, the Cardinals describe their organization as a “structured environment based on strong family values. The Cardinals mission is to bridge the gap between youth and young adulthood by playing top quality football while positively developing our neighborhoods and communities.”

In the Greater Atlanta area, the Cardinals enjoy partnerships with the Ronald McDonald House, the Boys & Girls Club, Toys for Tots, and an array of youth football camps.


Team colors are Cardinal Red, Black, White, and Yellow.

Head Coach Leonard Holmes played collegiate football at Iowa State University and St. Josephs College, before playing professionally indoors with three different teams. He has played and coached at every level, with notable stops in Green Bay, Baton Rouge and Detroit.

Leonard’s wife Cindy also serves as the Cardinals Chief Financial Officer. She has been instrumental in the development, management and marketing of the organization’s multiple business platforms and strategic direction.


DFI (developmentalfootball.com) is the first premier American developmental football organization engineered to cultivate the annual flow of 16,000 Division I, II, and III prospects, who must thread an NFL or CFL needle of opportunity that combined only turn over roughly 250 jobs each year. 'Above the Line' leadership development is a Chief Cornerstone of DFI, where becoming a "Game-Ready Player' also requires a 'Life-Ready Man™.' DFI teams all share the same contracts and policies, including those for Code of Conduct and Social Media. The league plays by NFL rules, with NFL-style uniforms, and teaching from veteran NFL coaches and players.

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