501 (c) 3 Foundation Supporting Catastrophically Injured Student-Athletes


NOVEMBER, 2012………Update!!!

We are asking parents to call their Senator’s related to HB143 and for them to support it. Some talking points to help guide them are:

·         Urge your Senator to support HB 143:

·         The bill promotes education and awareness of the signs and symptoms of concussions for all participants in youth sports, including parents

·         Puts the return to participation decision in the hands of a physician

·         The bill requires a concussed athlete received written clearance by a physician or another health care provider working in consultation, collaboration or upon referral of a physician before they may return to participation

To find contact information for your Senator, go to: http://www.ohiosenate.gov/senate2012/index



Youth Football Safety and Helmet Replacement Program Comes to Northern Ohio

The NFL and Cleveland Browns have joined with the NFL Players Association, USA Football, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA), NCAA, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and Xenith to launch a helmet replacement and education program. The program, supported by U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, targets youth football leagues in underserved communities. It will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues.

The program is being administered as a pilot program in four target communities in 2012, including Northern Ohio. To see a map of eligible regions, click here: http://www.usafootball.com/sites/default/files/updated_helmet_replacement_program_faq.pdf

The program includes a strong educational campaign that features important safety information from the CDC and USA Football, including materials on concussion awareness, proper helmet fit, and teaching fundamentally-sound football through USA Football’s innovative Tackle Progression Model and Levels of Contact module. In addition, leagues that receive helmets through this program will be required to have their coaches complete USA Football’s Certified Coaching Education Program.

To learn more and apply, please visit www.usafootball.com/playersafety. Applications will be accepted through May 30, 2012.

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