Before a busy and eventful offseason week in which the Denver Broncos introduced Peyton Manning as the team’s new quarterback, the Broncos hosted the USA Football Colorado Youth Leadership Forum.
Eighteen youth football commissioners from across the Colorado met at the Denver PAL Facility, illustrating the team’s commitment to youth football throughout the region.
USA Football Pacific Mountain Regional Manager Matt DeLuzio led the meeting. Participants discussed background checks, coaching education, player safety, league registration efficiency, fundraising and how to become affiliated with USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Broncos, the NFL and the league’s other 31 clubs.
For Denver PAL program director Gerald Abraham, this was his first opportunity to speak with other league commissioners. His football program has 1,500 players on 70 teams.
“We discussed just about every issue we were having at the forum,” Abraham said. “It’s good to hear what everyone else has to say and to see that everyone has similar issues and how they handle those them.
“There are some things that you just don’t think about. You’re so busy, so you hear these ideas that work with other leagues that you can use.”
This July, USA Football will host the national NFL/USA Football Youth Summit in Canton, Ohio. Commissioners were invited to submit an essay stating why they are the best delegate to represent Ohio for the summit. Approximately 200 coaches and league commissioners from all 50 states participate in the annual event to discuss topics vital to the continued success of youth and high school programs.
Jeffco Midget Football Association president Jeff Glenn’s essay was selected as the winning entry. He will join one commissioner from each USA Football Youth Leadership Forum for the national summit in Canton.
On Saturday, Glenn attended the USA Football forum to discuss issues his 5,600-member league faces.
“It was great to meet other directors from our region and to brainstorm and find out how other areas and leagues do things and to talk about our common challenges,” Glenn said. “We’re all so much alike and we all face the same challenges – from doing background checks to getting the parents involved and setting weight limits.”