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NFL’s Back To Football: Play Football Month


nfl-logoAs the summer camp season comes to an end and the community prepares to get Back to Football, the NFL is celebrating youth athletes, their coaches, families and communities with special festivities throughout PLAY FOOTBALL MONTH.

Play Football Month is a culmination of the league’s year-round recognition of youth and high school football athletes and includes clinics, camps, grant opportunities and other unique football activities. Throughout the preseason, the NFL, its 32 clubs and partners such as USA Football are highlighting the talent, character, values and achievements of football players on and off the field.

“Play Football Month is an exciting time for the NFL family to recognize youth and high school football players, coaches and communities as we celebrate the return of football,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The NFL and its partners offer many resources to help ensure players at all levels have fun and enjoy the benefits of playing the game. We wish teams nationwide the best of luck as they return to action.”

The return of football follows an exciting summer camp season, where more than 70,000 kids had the opportunity to play football with NFL players and coaches. This summer, the NFL Foundation awarded $1 million in grants to support 350 current and former NFL players’ and coaches’ free, non-contact youth football camps across the country.

The Youth Football Camp Grant Program, in its 20th year, recognizes NFL players and coaches who give back to communities in their hometowns or club markets and offer young athletes the opportunity to play in a healthy and fun environment. 200 of the camp grant recipients worked with USA Football to host FUNdamentals Camps this summer, which introduce young athletes to football by teaching basic skills.

All drills at FUNdamentals camps are based on USA Football’s Player Progression Development Model, ensuring participants learn in an age-appropriate manner.

“The excitement of a new season, kicked off by Play Football Month, inspires us to prepare thousands of dedicated coaches through coaching education,” said USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK. “These men and women instill the timeless values of discipline, sacrifice and teamwork that elevate athletes and communities alike through the fun of this great team sport.”

In 2016, Heads Up Football, USA Football’s player safety program, reached more than 1.3 million participants (youth and high school). More than 142,000 youth and high school coaches were certified.

Ten youth football leagues will pilot USA Football’s Rookie Tackle Program, a bridge game between flag football and 11-player tackle designed to introduce young athletes to tackle football. Additionally, more than 400,000 boys and girls participate in NFL FLAG powered by USA Football leagues across the country.

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