Childress Institute Hosts Free Youth Football Safety Clinic in NYC

Co-hosted by NYU Langone‘s Concussion Center on Friday, August 11 from 1-5 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 19, 2017 – Youth football players will learn safe playing techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at a Kids & Pros clinic sponsored by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and NYU Langone Medical Center’s Concussion Center. The event will be held on August 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Wien Stadium at Columbia University’s Baker Complex in New York City.

“We are excited to bring these safety techniques and training to the youth players, parents, coaches and athletic trainers in New York City,” said Bob Gfeller, executive director of the Childress Institute. “It is crucial to avoid concussions and injuries while playing sports so that children can enjoy them for many years. Buddy Curry and Kids & Pros do a great job with the kids and parents to make it a fun and educational day.”

These free, non-contact clinics are open to players ages 7 to 13. It will be held on Friday, August 11, at Wien Stadium at Columbia University’s Baker Complex. Registration starts at 1 p.m. and the event will run from 2-5 p.m. Medical coverage will be provided NYU Langone and the clinic will include an hour-long information session for parents and coaches on football safety, concussion awareness and related topics beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Kids & Pros, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons players Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, conducts youth camps and clinics throughout the Southeast that incorporates football skills and drills, proper techniques and character lessons, as well as parent information sessions to convey the latest football safety information for young athletes and their families.

“We are excited to partner with the Childress Institute and NYU Langone to bring a youth football safety clinic to New York City,” said Curry, Kids & Pros executive director.  “We are all committed to cover the region to ensure that parents have the latest information on football safety, proper tackling techniques and concussion protocol – so we work towards keeping athletes as safe as possible, while playing team sports.”

The Kids & Pros clinics are free but space is limited and online registration by a parent or legal guardian is required. Visit www.kidsandpros.com for more information.

August 11, 2017, 1-5 p.m.

Wien Stadium at Columbia University’s Baker Complex

533 West 218th Street (west of Broadway), New York, NY 10034

Take subway trains 1 or A; on-street parking available

Registration starts at 1 p.m. and event starts at 2 p.m.

Registration link:  http://bit.ly/FBNYU

As a follow up to the youth football clinic, NYU Langone’s Concussion Center and the Childress Institute will host a continuing education event on Wednesday, August 16, from 6-10 p.m. at NYU Langone’s Kimmel Center at 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. The course will bring together coaches, athletic trainers, sports medicine first responders, EMS and emergency department staff to discuss the continuum of athletic injuries, with a focus on concussions, emergency action plans and spinal injury management. For more information, visit https://saveinjuredkids.org/sportsmed/.

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About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries, and many more are treated in the emergency room. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more.

About Kids & Pros, Inc.

Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry in order to teach character and skills through athletics. Through its unique football experience and combination of athletics and wellness education, the organization now provides weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the Southeast. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on Twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.

About NYU Langone’s Concussion Center:

NYU Langone’s nationally ranked orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation medicine, and neurology departments have combined to form a multidisciplinary Concussion Center in order to provide expert diagnosis and treatment to children and adults with concussions and other head injuries. Visit http://nyulangone.org/locations/concussion-center to learn more.

Contacts: 

Childress Institute:  Kara Thompson – kathomps@wakehealth.edu, (336) 491-9766

Kids & Pros:  Terri Grunduski, Grunduski Group – terri@grunduskigroup.com, (404) 226-7497

NYU Langone: Ryan Jaslow, ryan.jaslow@nyumc.org, 212-404-3511