The NFL, NFLPA and other organizations announced a partnership to replace youth football helmets in underserved communities.
The initiative, announced Tuesday, 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 keep their young athletes safer and healthier.”
The program will begin in four markets: the California Bay Area, Gulf Coast region, Northern Ohio and the tri-state region around New York City. Approximately $1 million has been committed to the program.
“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,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “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 program will also include an educational campaign that features safety information on concussion awareness, proper helmet fitting and fundamentally sound football instruction. Leagues that receive helmets will be required to have its coaches complete a coaching course from USA Football.
Joining the NFL and NFLPA in the partnership are USA Football, the NCAA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, among others.