INDIANAPOLIS - Benefitting Nevada children in youth football programs statewide, the Las Vegas Raiders will provide USA Football Youth Coach Certification for more than 1,300 youth coaches in 2022.

Through the Raiders’ financial commitment, all Nevada youth football coaches whose leagues enroll with USA Football free of cost are eligible to receive USA Football’s accredited youth coach certification at no charge. USA Football enrollment is free and open to all youth football organizations.

The Raiders and USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, are committed to provide positive, healthy experiences for young athletes and their families.

USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification is the only football coach curriculum accredited by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence to teach leading coach and player education standards. Since 2013, nearly 1 million USA Football Youth Coach Certifications have been completed by coaches in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 10 foreign countries across four continents. USA Football trains more youth football coaches than any organization in the United States.

The Raiders have maintained a longstanding commitment to youth football and have been facilitating football clinics for Nevada coaches since the team announced relocation to Las Vegas in 2017. This marks the fourth year that the Raiders have covered the cost of USA Football Certification for youth coaches from throughout the state of Nevada.

“The Raiders are immensely supportive of Nevada’s youth football family,” said USA Football CEO & Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. “The team’s generous commitment ensures that thousands of children across Nevada who love to play football will enjoy the fun, fitness and friends gained through that experience while learning from coaches who are prepared to teach them.”

USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification encompasses the Football Development Model (FDM) to help coaches teach the sport based on a child’s age, stage of development and football game type played. Introduced in 2020, the FDM is the first national application of a long-term athlete development model for American football. It is a comprehensive approach to training athletes created in partnership with national leaders in medicine, football, and exercise science from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, Children’s National Hospital, Dartmouth College and others.

About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental, and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

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