Five-Part Series Featured on ‘NFL Total Access’, ‘NFL AM’, ‘Inside Training Camp’ & NFL.com Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1
Examines Five Heads Up Football Locations Spanning All Levels of the Sport in Arlington (TX), Philadelphia (PA), Glendale (AZ), Norman (OK) & Canton (OH)
Leading up to the start of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend, NFL Network presents Heads Up Across America, a five-part, multi-city series showcasing the impact and reach of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.
Premiering Monday, July 28 and airing through Friday, August 2 Heads Up Across America features NFL Network’s Melissa Stark interacting with players and parents, taking part in demonstrations, and interviewing special guests at various Heads Up Football locations and events. Each edition of Heads Up Across America features stories from players of all age ranges, including youth, high school, and college athletes, as well as Hall of Famers.
Unique editions of Heads Up Across America will air throughout the week of July 28 on NFL Network programs such as NFL Total Access, NFL AM and Inside Training Camp Live. There will be at least one unique segment in each show every day. NFL.com will feature a travel diary written by Stark as well as extra content from each stop throughout the week.
Provided below is a list of each Heads Up Across America features:
- Arlington, Texas (Youth) (July 28) – The series begins with the Arlington Thunder, a winning team in the North Texas Pop Warner league that began incorporating Heads Up Football for the first time this season. Melissa Stark will interact with the young players (5-12 years old), ask their parents some relevant questions about the protection of their kids’ health in sports, and address what it means for this youth football program to be ‘Heads Up certified.’
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (High School) (July 29) – The second edition of Heads Up Across America focuses on at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, a football powerhouse. The team incorporated Heads Up tackling principles in the fall of last year and ended the season as state champions. Melissa Stark will report live from the field during one of their practices, examining the impact that Heads Up has had on their on-the-field success.
- Glendale, Arizona (NFL) (July 30) – Arizona is the host of Super Bowl XLIX and a place where Heads Up Football has made particularly impressive progress. NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan will visit a mom’s clinic at the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium to showcase the family connections to this initiative and the clinics that were held at teams across the country throughout the spring and summer.
- Norman, Oklahoma (College) (July 31) – Melissa Stark will visit coach Bob Stoops and the University of Oklahoma football team, whose conference – Big 12 – endorses Heads Up Football. After sharing highlights from the first practice of the season, Melissa will interview Stoops about the values taught from playing football, Heads Up Football in colleges, and his particular hopes for the upcoming 2014 season.
- Canton, Ohio (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (August 1) – The series finale concludes at the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. Melissa Stark speaks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, Hall of Fame coach John Madden and Chris Golic (wife of Mike Golic and mother to New Orleans Saints offensive guard, Mike Golic, Jr.) on a number of player safety subjects.
Heads Up Football encompasses USA Football’s accredited Level 1 Coach Certification Course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response, medical expert-approved heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and Heads Up Tackling techniques for safer play.
There are currently more than 5,700 youth football organizations registered to participate in the Heads Up Football program for 2014. These organizations represent 1.1 million youth football players and 171,000 coaches – approximately half all youth football leagues in the country. Starting this season, all Pop Warner leagues nationwide will be required to be Heads Up certified. On the high school level, 849 high schools across 44 states have registered to participate in the Heads Up Football program for 2014.
For more information on Heads Up Football, visit: usafootball.com/headsup.
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