USA Football recently selected DEE GRAYER of Phoenix, Ariz., to attend the 2012 NFL/USA Football Youth Football Summit on July 18-19 in Canton, Ohio. Grayer is an executive board member of Phoenix American Youth Football and Cheer, comprised of approximately 2,100 youth football players, and commissioner of the National American Youth Football and Cheer.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and is the sport’s national governing body in the United States.
Grayer and youth football leaders from throughout the state attended USA Football's Arizona State Youth Leadership Forum on May 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium, one of more than 40 that USA Football hosted in 2012. Grayer was selected for the football summit in Canton through an essay application to represent Arizona. Approximately 3 million kids age 6-14 play organized tackle youth football, placing it among America’s most popular youth sports.
“The dedicated volunteers who power youth football unite and share their knowledge and ideas at USA Football state forums,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “We’re pleased to have Dee contribute to this discussion on a national level at this summer's youth football summit in Canton, thanks to the support of the NFL and its players.”
The NFL/USA Football Youth Summit, conducted through support from the NFL Youth Football Fund, assembles nearly 200 youth and high school football coaches from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., along with youth football league commissioners. Among the summit’s participants are former NFL players who now coach high school football.
Topics to be discussed at the NFL/USA Football Youth Summit in Canton, Ohio, include:
- The importance of concussion treatment and prevention;
- USA Football’s CDC-approved concussion awareness and management information;
- Proper helmet and equipment fitting;
- Injury prevention in youth sports;
- Heat and hydration education;
- Inspiring youth and high school football players to reach their potential on and off the field;
- Best practices for youth football league operations;
- Age-appropriate education and skill development resources for coaches and players.
About the NFL Youth Football Fund:Established in 1998 by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) uses football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football needs nationwide and ensure the health of amateur football participation. Through the YFF's youth football initiatives and support programs, young athletes are provided with opportunities to learn the game of football, get physically fit and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. The YFF also provides youngsters with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health and safety and life skills development.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.