Archive for May, 2012

More Than 40,000 High School Football Players to Participate in Nationwide NFL Character and Skill Development Program

NFL High School Player Development Program Presented by the National Guard To Be Held at 200 Sites in all 50 StatesThis Spring and Summer

More than 40,000 high school football players will focus on character development, life skills and on-field techniques from May-August as part of the NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) program which is presented by the National Guard through the NFL Youth Football Fund.

Since its inception in 2001, the HSPD program has provided participants with a curriculum that focuses on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field.  The program, which is funded by the National Guard through the NFL Youth Football Fund, is free for students and will be implemented at more than 200 sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico this spring and summer.

The character development and life skills portion of the week often features guest speakers and discussions on life after high school.  Students also will take part in a Center for Disease Control (CDC) session about player safety, including concussion treatment and management.

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NFL & TV partners honored by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for Sept. 11 remembrance and salute



Commissioner ROGER GOODELL accepted on behalf of the NFL and its television partners the “Chairman’s Award” presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at last night’s Sports Emmy ceremony in New York. The NFL is the first sports organization to win this prestigious award.

The league and its TV partners were honored for “working together to remember the heroes of September 11 and mark the 10th Anniversary of that day with dignity and honor.”

NFL Media also won a pair of Sports Emmy awards last night with NFL Network and NFL Films earning honors for Men of Mettle from Ed Sabol’s Last Football Movie (Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics), and Sound FX: All Access (Outstanding Post Produced Audio). NFL Films, the most-honored filmmaker in sports, increased its total to 107 Sports Emmys. NFL Network has won 10 Sports Emmys in its eight-year history. 

The Chairman’s Award-winning September 11 remembrance featured special tributes originating from the three locations most affected by the terrorist attacks: Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, The Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and Ground Zero at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. 

All games in each of the broadcast windows featured an NFL Films-produced introduction narrated by Academy Award-winner ROBERT DeNIRO and followed by performances of “Taps” by representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces from or near the sites of the attacks. The ceremonies were complimented by live shots of players and coaches from each of the 13 stadiums, followed by moments of silence and the playing of the National Anthem with American flags covering the entire field at each stadium.

The project was overseen and produced for the league by NFL vice president of production & operations Glenn Adamo. The theme for the presentation of “Taps” was developed by Scott Katz, who brought the concept to the league office and served as the lead director. NFL Films director of remote operations Dave Shaw led the operations and logistics for the project.

Previous recipients of the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals for “excellence in broadcasting and outstanding public service to the greater community,” include the McNeil/Lehrer News Hour, CNN, and 60 Minutes.

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