If you are an adult, do you reside in the same home area that you grew up in? This article from the NY Times supports the notion that most folks don’t reside too far from where they grew up.
That being said how often do you possibly reminisce about your playing days? When you get around old teammates? When “your” sport season arrives how often do you think, “back when I played” it was:
The scheme better
Teams were “tougher”
Regardless of what you may be thinking, what you’ve done is in the past. I’ve said at times in personal conversation, “if all you do is reflect on the past, what have you done worthwhile today?” That said, one obviously learns since “hindsight is 20/20.”
That leads to this, what are the benefits of staying connected as an alumni? Based on the article link posted above, there’s a fairly reasonable possibility that a teammate from your team may have kids that are of age with your kids. Playing video can be a way to connect the past with the present.
How does one incorporate video into a mobile app? Since the app centralizes everything, I’d suggest adding material and linking it. The easiest method is to make a channel in YouTube. Each year gets it’s own channel. Then all you need to do is link the individual channel into the mobile app. Additionally, you can easily incorporate the old roster if you chose to do so into the section for that particular year.
Keeping them engaged keeps them connected. If there’s a need to get updated information for things such as a newsletter, the mobile app can serve as a “one stop shop” so that all former athletes can register their information and stay informed with the old goings of the program.
The other major aspect is quickly viewing historical records so current players can know how much they need to move ahead of the former athlete in front of them. Record setting players can see where they rank as time marches on.
This information and more is available as you can see it within the EY Football mobile app which has the page linked here.