USA Football’s Hallenbeck to Speak at WVU


By Michael Fragale for WVUsports.com
April 02, 2014 01:23 PM
Scott Hallenbeck
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As part of the Don Nehlen Lecture Series, USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck will visit West Virginia University on April 16 to present his topic on “USA Football and Healthy Youth Sport Development.” The free presentation is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in the Touchdown Terrace of Milan Puskar Stadium.

Before the lecture, the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is sponsoring a unique meet-and-greet opportunity with Hallenbeck for youth and scholastic football program directors and coaches from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Touchdown Terrace.
           
The visit will center on USA Football’s role as the national organization for youth and developmental football’s “Heads Up Football” program and other initiatives and resources the organization has to support top quality sport experiences.
           
Space is limited for this free event and area youth and scholastic football directors and coaches should contact WVU’s Terri Howes at terri.howes@mail.wvu.edu to reserve space, or more information can also be found at www.usafootball.com.
           
Following the meet and greet, Hallenbeck will give his presentation in the Don Nehlen Lecture Series. Under Hallenbeck’s leadership, USA Football has established itself as the leader in high school and youth football coach education and player skill advancement, collaborating with experts in medicine, child advocacy and leaders spanning multiple levels of sport. USA Football also authors and commissions national-scope research studies to analyze and strengthen the sport’s level of safety for the benefit of youth players.
           
Hallenbeck directed the creation and implementation of USA Football’s “Heads Up Program” in 2012, which has established a better, safer game through important standards rooted in education across youth and high school levels. More than 25 percent of the U.S. youth football community registered for “Heads Up Football” in 2013.
 
The program encompasses USA Football’s nationally accredited coach certification course, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s concussion recognition and response, heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and fundamentally sound tackling techniques.
           
With WVU Athletics sponsoring the 5:30 p.m. free seminar for youth and scholastic football directors and coaches, Hallenbeck’s free public presentation at 7 p.m. in Touchdown Terrace for the Don Nehlen Lecture series is sponsored by the former WVU Hall of Fame Coach and the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Studies.

For more information, contact
Terri Howes (304) 293-2889



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