PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 1, 2013) – Rutgers Athletics is proud to announce a joint-partnership with USA Football to promote player safety through the safety initiative “Heads Up Football.” On Saturday, Nov. 16, Rutgers Athletics and USA Football will promote player safety during the Scarlet Knights’ football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at High Point Solutions Stadium. The game’s kickoff time is to be determined.
Heads Up Football Day will feature scoreboard recognition for youth leagues or teams in attendance, an opportunity to greet the team at the Scarlet Walk and an on-field Heads Up Football Day postgame parade. Every youth player in attendance will receive a gift from Rutgers Athletics. Rutgers Athletics will offer special ticket prices for youth football players. Upper sideline tickets are $30, while end zone seats are $20 (regularly priced at $55 and $45).
The Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee will also be attending the game to support the initiative.
Nearly 2,800 youth and high school football programs across the United States representing approximately 600,000 players and 90,000 coaches have committed to the health and safety of their players by adopting Heads Up Football, a new program dedicated to making the game better and safer. More than 80 youth football organizations throughout New Jersey have adopted the program for 2013.
Heads Up Football encompasses coach certification, heads up tackling teaching tackling techniques that take the head out of the game, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols, and proper equipment fitting instruction.
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. An independent nonprofit, USA Football (usafootball.com) is comprised of coach, player and parent members in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and is recognized as the sport’s leader in coaching education and player skill advancement for a better, safer game. USA football was endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002.
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