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“Heads Up Football” Program More Hands-On For 500 Moms

Posted Aug 16, 2014


ARLINGTON, Texas – Prior to Saturday’s game with the Ravens, more than 500 moms took part in a USA Football’s Heads Up Football program on the field at AT&T Stadium.

Starting in 2013, The NFL and USA Football team up to host football safety clinics all over the nation in dedication to celebrate youth football and raise awareness for USA Football.

As part of the event, moms took part in Heads-Up Tackling techniques after hearing from numerous guests including Cowboys executive vice president and chair of the NFL Foundation Charlotte Jones Anderson; executive director of USA Football

Head coach Jason Garrett capped off the event by speaking to the kids and moms and then spoke highly of the overall program.

“It’s really an amazing day,” Garrett said. “The moms were literally going over the bags and working on their form. This Heads Up Football is so good for our game. Football is an amazing game. It’s the ultimate team game. You learn teamwork and hard work and discipline and accountability. I think the NFL has done an amazing job with this program, really teaching the moms and the coaches to just do this thing the right way. We’re teaching them to play the game the right way, by keeping their head up and how to wear your uniform, how to practice. It’s amazing to have 500 women here going over the drills and it’s great for everyone who loves this game.”

Other speakers included Scott Hallenbeck; chair of the Neurological Surgery Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center Dr. Hunt Batjer; former Cowboys players and USA Football ambassadors Tony Casillas, George Teague and Rocket Ismail; as well as the wife of Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and mother of two young football players – Michelle Witten.    

Each participating mom registered had a football playing age child (age 7-15) for a free PLAY 60 youth football clinic that will occur simultaneously to the moms’ instruction session. The children were able to watch and cheer on the moms as they practice Heads Up Tackling techniques demonstrated by Casillas, Teague, Ismail and USA Football Ambassadors and Master Trainers.  

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