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Politicians are not the only ones in our lives for whom the trust of the people is a defining value. Having been a coach for more than 40 years, I know that the men and women in my profession are among them, too. A coach may spend more time with a young athlete in a day than a parent, and parents have put a great deal of confidence in us. It’s our job to create a safe harbor where parents feel they need not worry about whether their kids will be safe playing competitive sports.
With all of the attention in the news on concussions in sports, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Football League have partnered with a group of sports entities and equipment manufacturers to create a football safety and helmet replacement program for youth in underserved communities in several key markets.
How-To Hold Sports Safety Clinics in Your District
In cooperation with the co-chairs of the Congressional Kids' Safety Caucus:
Sponsor J&J Consumer Inc. helps educate families about medication and youth sports safety.
We are now in the thick of the fall sports and recreation season. Last year, 46 million kids played some form of team sports. As we keep a keen eye on the games, we also know we need to keep an eye on keeping our kids safe. We know bumps and bruises are going to happen, but there are things we can do to prevent more serious injuries, and even deaths, that will keep our kids from playing the games they love.
One of the best ways to keep kids safe is to spread the word. And that’s where you and the rest of our Shout Out Team come into play.