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Councilors participating in “Youth Sports Safety: A Community Huddle Conference”

PRESS RELEASE                                                         Thursday, June 6, 2019

Contact: Cody Owens

Phone: 205-254-7726

Cell: 205-317-1121

cody.owens@birminghamal.gov

On Friday, June 7, Council President Pro Tem William Parker and members of the Birmingham City Council will be participating in the Youth Sports Safety: A Community Huddle conference at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Birmingham will be at the cutting edge of a national conversation on a public health issue of growing importance to families. How can parents be confident that the youth coaches in their communities have the necessary knowledge to help keep their children safe?

The state of Alabama already has taken the lead on this subject as the first state in the nation to adopt legislation requiring coaches of young athletes aged 14 and under to pass a broad-based course in injury recognition and prevention. The goal of Friday’s panel discussion is to address the role of youth coaches in mitigating the youth sports injury epidemic, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, in compliance with the state of Alabama’s 2018 Coach Safely Law.

World-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will welcome representatives from regional and national organizations already at work on this subject: NFL Flag Football, the National Council of Youth Sports, the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program, the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, the University of Alabama and the CoachSafely Foundation. Those thought leaders will take part in a panel discussion and also will be available for media interviews.

Parker, who will speak during the event, said the panelists are engaged in the important work of raising awareness of youth sports-related injuries and finding ways to prevent them. “We want our children to have access to a robust variety of sports they can participate in, but we also want to teach them how to play safely,” Parker said. “That starts with youth coaches, and we’re happy to be having this discussion on the issue.”

The event will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203)