UT Southwestern Hosts Free Youth Football Safety Clinic in Dallas, TX

Media Advisory: Former NFL Players Teach Free Youth Football Safety Clinic on Saturday, July 28 at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium

 Youth football players will learn safe playing techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at a Kids & Pros clinic sponsored by UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The event will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas. These free, non-contact clinics are open to players ages 7 to 13. Medical coverage will be provided by UT Southwestern Medical Center and the clinic will include an information session for parents and coaches on football safety, concussion awareness and related topics beginning at 9 a.m.

Kids & Pros, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons players Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, conducts youth camps and clinics that incorporate 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. The Kids & Pros clinics are free but space is limited and registration by a parent or legal guardian is required. Visit www.kidsandpros.com for more information.

WHERE:  SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium
5800 Ownby Drive, Dallas, Texas 75275

WHEN:  July 28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Registration/check-in and NFL player interaction starts at 8 a.m., with introduction and warm-up starting at 8:40 a.m.

FORMER NFL PLAYERS ATTENDING:

  • Hall of Famer Mike Singletary (LB) Baylor, 1981-1992 Chicago Bears
  • Buddy Curry (LB) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980-1987 Atlanta Falcons
  • Bobby Butler (DB) Florida State, 1981-1992 Atlanta Falcons
  • Robert Moore (DB) Northwestern State- Louisiana, 1985-1989 Atlanta Falcons
  • Brian Duncan (RB) SMU, 1976-77 Cleveland Browns, 1978 Houston Oilers

SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE:

  • Munro Cullum, who oversees a statewide database to track concussions in middle and high school sports, will be among multiple UT Southwestern experts available for interviews to discuss the latest efforts to improve safety in contact sports.

MEDIA: Members of the media are invited to attend. Interviews available upon request. For more information on the Childress Institute, please visit https://saveinjuredkids.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kara Thompson, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, (336) 491-9766 (cell), kathomps@wakehealth.edu. James Beltran, UT Southwestern, 214-600-0255, james.beltran@utsouthwestern.edu