Heads Up football clinic stops in Albany
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:21:34 GMT —
Football is America's most popular sport, but player safety is an ongoing issue. On Tuesday, the NFL and youth football came together to make the game safer.
The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation joined with South Georgia Pop Warner and the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to put on informational sessions that focused on proper form tackling.
Kids from the ages of six and thirteen went through drills as coaches demonstrated the fundamentals of football. At the same time, parents took part in an informational session on concussion awareness, equipment fitting, and heads up tackling technique.
"We're committed to make the movement to make the game safer for our kids and to educate our coaches," said Daniel Cruz, the president of South Georgia Pop Warner.
Former Falcons' linebacker Buddy Curry is a leader in Georgia for this NFL initiative.
"What we're doing in the NFL to teach them correctly, let's get it down to the youth level," Curry said. "If youth coaches will be patient, and continue to train this day after day they'll see a big difference."