Raiders Support Youth Football Helmet Safety

The Oakland Raiders is one of six NFL teams chosen to participate in the launch of a program to promote football safety and helmet replacement for youth in underserved communities. The initiative will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues and will provide coaches with the latest educational information to help keep their young athletes safer and healthier. “We are delighted to work with the NFL on this innovative Helmet Replacement Program and we are thrilled that it will have a local impact,” said Oakland Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask. The National Football League, NFL Players Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association and 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. The pilot program is designed to provide valuable information on the state of youth football helmets, including the number of helmets 10 years old or older in use. As of 2012, National Athletic Equipment Reconditioning Association members will no longer recondition or recertify any helmet that is 10 years of age or older. NOCSAE will collect the helmets when removed and use them for ongoing research programs. The effort will provide nearly 13,000 new helmets to youth football players in low-income communities in 2012. Helmets will be distributed beginning in July. To learn more or apply for helmets, go to www.usafootball.com/playersafety.
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