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    <font size="4"><font size="3">NFL, NFLPA ANNOUNCE LARGEST YOUTH HELMET REPLACEMENT PROGRAM EVER

    "</font></font>On Tuesday the NFL and NFLPA announced a pretty fantastic new initiative: a
    Helmet Replacement Program to benefit youth football safety.


    Yes, it's
    exactly what you'd expect: the league and players union, along with USA
    Football, the CDC, the NCAA and <a href="http://nflcommunications.com/2012/05/15/youth-football-safety-and-helmet-replacement-partnership-launches-2/">a
    number of different organizations</a> are going into "underserved communities"
    and replacing football helmets that are 10 years or older.

    The
    organizations involved will be doing this at no cost to the leagues who will
    receive the new helmets.

    “We are pleased to be part of this initiative,
    which will give children in underserved communities access to new helmets, and
    to reach coaches and parents with educational information to help protect young
    athletes from head injuries," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "This program
    is part of our focus on player safety at all levels of the game. We are proud to
    join with these well-respected organizations to make the Helmet Replacement
    Program a reality.”

    The NFL, NFLPA, NCAA, along with the National
    Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), have committed
    a combined total of approximately $1 million to the program in its first year.
    And beginning in July, the HRP plans to distribute almost 13,000 new helmets in
    "low-income communities" during 2012.

    As indicated in the release, new
    helmets don't mean "unlimited safety" for young football players. But new
    helmets to mean safer helmets and it also means an opportunity to reach
    out to young football players and educate them on the importance of long-term
    health and player safety in football -- any leagues that receive the new helmets
    will be required "to have their coaches complete USA Football's Level 1 coaching
    course" which involves a heavy dosage of "Tackle Safety."

    To apply for
    the program or find out more about the initiative, you can visit USAFootball.com/PlayerSafety.
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