The Chicago Bears and the NFL teamed up to provide a free safety clinic for moms of youth football players Tuesday night. Nearly 200 moms attended the event, which was held in conjunction with USA Football’s “Heads Up Football” program.
According to the Bears’ website, The clinic was the first to be held by an NFL team and it “included education on concussion awareness, heat and hydration, and proper equipment fitting. The moms were also divided into groups of 11 and taught how to tackle.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell headlined the clinic along with Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey and Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“We all want our kids playing sports and we want to make sure that they are doing it safely, so we’re talking about what we’re doing with Heads Up Football and what we’re doing to keep kids active,” said Commissioner Goodell. “The moms are usually the decision-makers. They’re really the ones that are looking after the kids and have such a big influence.”
McCaskey also made the point that moms decide if children play youth sports. “We want to make sure that they’re properly informed, that they don’t rely on myths or misinformation and that they ask the critical questions so that they can make an informed decision.”
Parents are becoming more concerned with the safety of contact sports, like football so education is key. We appreciate the efforts of the “Heads Up Football” program and hope to continue to see events like this held in more locations.
Written by Jenna Black
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