INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Steelers will provide financial support toward USA Football Youth Coach Certifications for coaches across Western Pennsylvania in 2023. Their generosity will benefit youth leagues across the area and the thousands of young athletes they serve.  

The Steelers and USA Football, a non-profit that serves as the sport’s U.S. governing body and a Recognized Sport Organization of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, are committed to providing athletes and their families and communities with healthy, positive experiences through football. 

Pennsylvania youth football coaches whose leagues enroll with USA Football are eligible to receive support from the Steelers toward Youth Coach Certification. Enrollment with USA Football is free and open for all youth football organizations.   

Accredited by the United States Center for Coaching Excellence’s (USCCE), USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification provides coaches with evidence-based knowledge, resources and skills to ensure they teach age-appropriate skills and take a holistic approach to both child and athlete development.  

USA Football’s Youth Coach Certification encompasses the Football Development Model (FDM). Developed in partnership with medical, child development, long-term athlete development and football subject matter experts, the FDM aligns with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s long-term athlete development principles. At its foundation, the FDM focuses on progressive skill instruction that teaches young athletes age-appropriate skills and meets them at their current stage of development. 

“The Steelers continue paving the way for thousands of children to have memorable youth football experiences,” said USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK. “With help from the Steelers, USA Football will prepare dedicated Pennsylvania youth coaches for the upcoming season by delivering our best-in-class youth coach certification. Our goal is to make sure children have access to the fun, fitness and friendships of football in positive, healthy environments.”  

“This is another example of the Steelers’ commitment not only to the game of football, but more importantly to the people that are so dedicated to its growth at the youth level,” said Steelers head coach MIKE TOMLIN. “We’re pleased to remain partners with USA Football and continue the work necessary to provide the best experiences possible for everyone associated with the game we love.” 

Since USA Football began certifying coaches, one million coach certifications have been completed by dedicated coaches in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 15 foreign countries across six continents. 

About the Pittsburgh Steelers: The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933, by Arthur Joseph Rooney. Pittsburgh is among the most successful franchises in League history. The Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles, tied for the most in the NFL, and appeared in eight overall. Pittsburgh has also participated in 16 conference title games and hosted 11 – both, of which, are the most of any franchise in the League. The Steelers have had 33 former players, coaches or contributors inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport’s governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic 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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