NFL Foundation and USA Football Host Youth Summit

Posted in: Foundation News, Youth Football, Player Health & Safety

A select group of coaches, including former NFL players now coaching high school and youth football, have been selected by the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) to participate in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit, in Canton, Ohio this week. It is the 13th year the summit has been held.

In addition to the coaches, 92 other supporters of youth and high school football, including youth football commissioners and athletic directors from across the country, will attend the Summit, which is funded by the NFL Foundation, on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Improving the health and safety of youth football is a major focus of the NFL Foundation,” said CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON, chairman of the NFL Foundation. “By bringing together youth and high school football leaders for an intensive educational summit we can help them gain a greater understanding of how to make the game better for children who love to play football.”

This year, all  attendees will be trained in USA Football’s Heads Up Football initiative, including 20 former NFL players serving as Heads Up Football Ambassadors and more than a dozen Player Safety Coaches from pilot Heads Up Football leagues around the country. Heads Up Football is a comprehensive new youth football membership program developed by USA Football and supported by the NFL to enhance player safety by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. More than 2,765 youth football leagues across the United States representing more than 575,535 players and 83,000 coaches have committed to the health and safety of their young players by adopting Heads Up Football for the 2013 season.

“I am looking forward to speaking at this year’s Youth Summit,” said OLIVER LUCK, a former player and a Heads Up Football Ambassador in West Virginia. “By working together and sharing ideas, as former players, as coaches, and as parents, we can help our kids enjoy the sport they love and make safety a priority at the same time.”

DR. STAN HERRING, director of Sports, Spine and Orthopaedic Health for the University of Washington School of Medicine, the team physician for the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS and Seattle Mariners and member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, will speak about the importance of concussion treatment and prevention, as well as the Lystedt Law legislation which aims to protect young athletes from returning to play too soon after head injuries. The law has been passed in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Other leaders in sports medicine and sports psychology will review topics affecting youth sports. USA Football’s medical director DR. PATRICK KERSEY will discuss player health and safety issues, and director of Elite Athlete Health and Performance at the Korey Stringer Institute ROB HUGGINS will address heat and hydration in youth sports. Attendees also will learn about proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting and receive intensive training on Heads Up Football’s tackling techniques that aim to keep the head out of the line of contact.

Founder and CEO of the sports performance training business Parisi Speed School, BILL PARISI, will speak about performance training methods for football. Former player and current NFL Senior Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT will discuss the value of education and ZACHARY MINOR, sports consultant and life skills coach, will lead sessions on character and life skills development.

Attendees will hear from former NFL quarterback and current University of West Virginia Athletic Director and Heads Up Football Player Ambassador Oliver Luck, and former NFL team executive and current NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT. Other sessions will cover: NCAA eligibility and recruiting, how to help young players achieve their potential, and how to manage coach-player-parent relationships.

 

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, will lend expertise in a variety of areas. USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK will share the non-profit organization’s on-going work and accomplishments in leading the game’s grassroots development as well as USA Football’s concussion education resources. USA Football also will host nearly 50 youth football commissioners to discuss best practices in coaching education and successful youth league operations.

USA Football conducted 30 State Leadership Forums involving hundreds of youth league commissioners throughout the United States this past winter and spring. One delegate from each state forum was selected to take part in the NFL Foundation-USA Football Youth Summit.  Approximately 2.8 million children ages 6 to 14 play tackle football and more than 1.1 million boys play high school football. A complete list of attendees is below.

About the NFL Foundation

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.  

 

For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: www.nflfoundation.org

 

Contact: Abbie Montgomery, NFL

212/450-2349

abbie.montgomery@nfl.com

@NFLFoundation

 

Former NFL Player

Affiliation

Charlie Batch

Best of the Batch Foundation, Pennsylvania

Blaine Bishop

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador –Tennessee

Kenny Blair

Northeast Academy ; Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador - Oklahoma

Charlie Brown

Kingstree High School, South Carolina

Dennis Brown

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – California

Mike Cofer

Coronado High School, State Delegate – Nevada

Lorenzo Diamond

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Arizona

Tom Drougas

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Idaho

Riki Ellison

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Virginia

Neil Graff

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador– South Dakota

Justin Green

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Montana

Nick Greisen

Heads Up Football Master Trainer

Phil Hansen

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – North Dakota and South Dakota

Deveron Harper

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – North Carolina

Jeff Hartings

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Pennsylvania

Pat Hughes

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – New Hampshire

Jason Johnson

Brownsburg Junior Football League & Brownsburg High School, Indiana

Andrew Jordan, Jr.

Cochrane Collegiate Academy, North Carolina

Cato June

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador –Washington, D.C.

Mark Keel

Central Kitsap High School, Washington

George Lilja

Warren Area High School, Pennsylvania

Oliver Luck

West Virginia University; Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – West Virginia

Don McNeal

Dade Christian School, Florida

Danny Noonan

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Nebraska

Todd Pinkston

Petal High School;  Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador; State Delegate – Mississippi

Andrew Pinnock

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Rhode Island

Tony Plummer

Braden River High School, Florida

Art Plunkett

Las Vegas High School; Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Nevada

Kendrick Rogers

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Alabama

Steve Sanders

Training Camp for Life, Ohio

Lucious Smith

Canyon High School; State Delegate – California

Roy Williams

Heads Up Football NFL Player Ambassador – Oklahoma

 

Youth & High School Football Leaders

Affiliation

Dick Adams

Fairfax County Public Schools; State Delegate – Virginia

Shaun Aguano

Chandler High School; State Delegate –  Arizona

Bob Apsey

Northern Rocket Football League; USA Football Delegate – Michigan

Howard Barber

Westfield Youth Football, Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Tony Barragan

Riverside Youth Football and Cheer Conference, USA Football Delegate – California

Ron Beach

Community Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – New York

Dwayne Beasley

Blackman Youth Football Association; USA Football Delegate – Tennessee

Anthony Biello

Katy Youth Football; USA Football Delegate – Texas

Bill Blair

New Mexico Young American Football League; USA Football Delegate – New Mexico

Matthew Bogert

Wayne Hills High School; State Delegate – New Jersey

Todd Bowers

Kentucky Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Kentucky

Mark Brahmer

Pierce High School; State Delegate – Nebraska

Kevin Brown

Piper Middle School; Heads Up Football Master Trainer; State Delegate – Kansas

Denicko Buckley

Canton Youth Football League; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Chuck Castellano

Community Relations Manager; Kansas City Chiefs

Jeff Cavarra

Sierra Athletic Conference; USA Football Delegate – California

Tom Chase

Weyauwega-Fremont High School; State Delegate – Wisconsin

Harrison Chisum

Fort Morgan High School; State Delegate – Colorado

Thelma Clark-Thomas

Georgia Youth Football Conference; USA Football Delegate – Georgia

Bob Colgate

National Federation of State High Schools Association

Danny Copeland

Rainier Rams; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Mark Cousins

Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL); State Delegate – Texas

Eric Cumba

St. Thomas Aquinas High School; State Delegate – New Hampshire

Terry Curtis

UMS-Wright Preparatory School; State Delegate – Alabama

Bob Davis

North Country Union High School/Vermont Principals Association; State Delegate – Vermont

Rodney Decipeda

John Hay High School; State Delegate – Ohio

Norman Dowell

Arizona Pop Warner; USA Football Delegate – Arizona

Billy Elmore

Stuttgart High School/Arkansas Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Arkansas

Steve Fidura

Community Relations, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Fritzsching

Detroit Lions; Heads Up Football Master Trainer

Matt Gilley

Waterville High School; State Delegate – Maine

Dave Gooch

Midview Youth Football; USA Football Delegate – Ohio

Mike Gordon

Brownsburg Junior Football League; USA Football Delegate – Indiana

Kwayu Graham

Lexington Senior High School; State Delegate – North Carolina

Charles Granger

Scarborough Youth Football; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Cathy Graves

Team mom, Severna Park Green Hornets Football; Heads Up Football Advisory Committee

Robbie Gunter

Box Elder High School; State Delegate – Utah

John Griffin

Heritage High School; State Delegate –  Washington

D.J. Harris

Iroquois West High School; State Delegate – Illinois

Jamey Harrison

Texas University Interscholastic League

Doug Healey

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Alan Heyne

North Suburban Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Missouri

John Hilock

Greater Eastside Junior Football League-Issaquah YF; USA Football Delegate – Washington

Jeff Hinz

Post Falls High School; State Delegate – Idaho

Leroy Hollins

Youth football commissioner, Louisiana Youth Football League; Heads Up Football Advisory Committee

Brad Hopkins

West Des Moines Little Pro Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate - Iowa

Jason Howard

Texas Youth Football Association; USA Football Delegate – Texas

Mark Howeth

Highland Park High School,Texas

Gabe Infante

St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; Heads Up Football Master Trainer

Calvin Jones

Greater Baltimore Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Maryland

Peter Kerin

Eden Prairie Football Association; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

James Kilburn

Wasatch Front Football League; USA Football Delegate – Utah

Alan Kline

Keystone Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Pennsylvania

Bill Kramer

Naples High School; State Delegate – Florida

Pete Lesner

Michigan Youth Football & Cheer Conference; USA Football Delegate – Michigan

Bobby Liscomb

Southland United Youth Football Conference; USA Football Delegate – South Carolina

William Lobendahn

Radford High School; State Delegate – Hawaii

Jason Lockhart

Follansbee Blue Wave; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Jeremy Ludlum

Williston Parks & Recreation District; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Brian Lyles

Tualatin Valley Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Ohio

John Manna

Kwaa Junior Mavs Football; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Enrico Marcelli

Valley High School; State Delegate – New Mexico

Kris McCall

Classical High School; State Delegate – Rhode Island

James McKinney

Phoenix AYF; USA Football Delegate – Arizona

Steve McMahon

Monterey Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – California

Aundra Meeks

Columbus Catholic High School/Iowa Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Iowa

Geoff Meyer

The Chicagoland Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Illinois

Brian Michelotti

Montana High School Association; State Delegate – Montana

Lou Montanaro

New Jersey AYF Jersey Shore Conference; State Delegate – New Jersey

Andrew Mitroff

York Adams Elementary Football League; USA Football Delegate – Pennsylvania

Kim Nelson

Roosevelt High School; South Dakota Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – South Dakota

Keith Olsommmer

Delaware Valley High School; State Delegate – Pennsylvania

Eric Olson

Milnor-North Sargent High School/North Dakota HS Athletic Association; State Delegate – North Dakota

Terry O’Neil

Practice Like Pros

Joseph Panniello

Pop Warner Conference of Eastern Massachusetts; USA Football Delegate – Massachusetts

Bill Parisi

Parisi Speed School, New Jersey

Craig Peterson

Lyman Youth Association; USA Football Delegate – Mississippi

Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth

Neuropsychologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Chicago; Heads Up Football Advisory Committee

Jim Pugh

Masconomet Regional High School/Massachusetts HS Football Coaches Association;  State Delegate – Massachusetts

Celeste Pule

Hawaii Football Club; USA Football Delegate – Hawaii

Keala Pule

Hawaii Football Club; USA Football Delegate – Hawaii

Christopher Rabine

Greater Omaha Youth Football; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Liz Raeburn

Teacher; Wife of College Football Head Coach, Football Mom; Heads Up Football Advisory Committee

Rich Raphael

Miami Xtreme; USA Football Delegate – Florida

Jerry Real

San Gabriel Valley, Jr. All American Football Conference; USA Football Delegate – California

Jimmie Reed

Kentucky Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Kentucky

Dennis Reedy

Topeka YMCA; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Chuck Reid

The Loomis Chaffee School; State Delegate – Colorado

Marlon Richardson

Woodrow Wilson High School; State Delegate – Washington, D.C.

Amanda Rodriguez

Blogger; Heads Up Football Advisory Committee

John Roderique

Webb City High School; Heads Up Football Master Trainer; State Delegate – Missouri

Kevin Ronkowski

Greater Grand Forks Youth Football League; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Scott Rosecrans

La Jolla Pop Warner; USA Football Delegate – California

Joe Russo

Hammond High School; Maryland Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Maryland 

Luke Salmons

Cabell Midland High School; State Delegate – West Virginia

Dominic Saltaformaggio

East Jefferson High School; State Delegate – Louisiana

Rodney Saulsberry, Sr.

Whitehaven High School; State Delegate – Tennessee

Ted Schneider

Classic Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Wisconsin

Doug Schultz

Three Rivers Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Minnesota

Michael Selvera

Central Texas Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Texas

Duncan Shackelford

Chugiak High School; State Delegate – Alaska

Jim Simmons

Central Jersey Pop Warner; USA Football Delegate – New Jersey

Gary Sloan

Grand Meadow High School/Minnesota Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Minnesota

Dan Snell

Wisconsin All-American Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Wisconsin

Steve Specht

St. Xavier High School; Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year; Heads Up Football Master Trainer

Christos Spirou

Oceanside Stallions Youth Football; USA Football Delegate – New York

Ken Sproles

South Dakota Junior Football Association; USA Football Delegate – South Dakota

Rick Streiff

Cathedral High School; State Delegate – Indiana

Bob Stulmaker

New York State Public HS Athletic Association; State Delegate – New York

Doug Swanson

Upper Valley Grid Kid Youth Football; USA Football Delegate – Idaho

Eileen Sweeney

Community Relations Director, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeff Tatusko

Greater 28 Youth Football League; USA Football Delegate – Pennsylvania

Preston Teague

Youth Football Director, Buffalo Bills

James “Nate” Thompson

Carvers Bay High School/South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association; State Delegate – South Carolina

Chuck Thornhill

North Bay Youth Football & Cheer Conference; USA Football Delegate – California

Jason Trosclair

Youth Football Director, New Orleans Saints

Brent Walk

Mountain View High School; State Delegate – Wyoming

Alex Wallace

Peninsula Youth Football & Cheerleading Organization; USA Football Delegate – Virginia

Matt Wargel

Frisco Football League; USA Football Delegate – Texas

Derrick Warren

Arkansas Lions; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Gareth Washington

Mid Florida Football & Cheer Conference; USA Football Delegate – Florida

Drake Wilkins

Madison Heights High School/Michigan High School Football Coaches Association; State Delegate – Michigan

Donald R. Willis

Oklahoma Centennial High School; State Delegate – Oklahoma

Frank Williams

South King County Junior Football League; USA Football Delegate – Washington

Mike Williams

Chesterfield Football Association; USA Football Delegate – Missouri

Mark Wilson

Frisco Football League; Heads Up Football Player Safety Coach

Todd Wofford

Central Gwinnett High School; State Delegate – Georgia

Mike Young

Alliance Youth Sports Association; USA Football Delegate – Arizona