For the third consecutive year, the New Orleans Saints and the NFL endorse USA Football and its mission of youth and amateur football development in New Orleans and across the nation this August through USA Football Month. The national campaign takes place throughout the NFL preseason and incorporates youth football scrimmages at the Louisiana Superdome, USA Football messages during network preseason telecasts, in-stadium banners and field stencils and promotions on www.neworleanssaints.com.
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Saints, the NFL, the NFL Players Association and the league's other 31 teams. USA Football is the only organization in the NFL's 91-year history to be recognized as the league's official youth football development partner.
Approximately 3 million children age 6-14 play organized football in the United States, placing the game among the country's most popular youth sports. More than 400,000 American adults volunteer their time to teach and coach youth football each year.
The Indianapolis-based non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually, offering education and training for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. By the start of this football season, USA Football will have educated more than 70,000 youth football coaches across the country through its online coaching courses and 32 full-day coaching schools, 25 of which are conducted with NFL teams.
USA Football and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together since 2007 to deliver concussion awareness and management information to America's youth sports community. Player health resources, including videos about concussion education, hydration and proper equipment fitting, are available at www.usafootball.com at no cost.
USA Football Month includes the following throughout August:
- Youth football players receive preseason game tickets donated by the New Orleans Saints.
- USA Football commemorative coins used during preseason game coin flips across the NFL.
- Youth football scrimmages in NFL stadiums on preseason game days.
- USA Football messages promoting the sport's fundamentals will be read on-air during national game telecasts.
- On-field promotions through USA Football field stencils and end zone banners.
- In-stadium USA Football Month scoreboard video messages
"From youth leagues to the NFL, football captures the imagination of all fans, regardless of age, and instills discipline, responsibility and physical fitness in our young people," USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECKsaid. "USA Football is proud to be the Saints' official youth football development partner."
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competition and awards $1 million annually in equipment grants to youth and high school football programs based on merit and need. Endowed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.