BALTIMORE, June 5, 2013 — US Lacrosse is among nine national sports organizations invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about youth sports safety, sponsored by the National Football League. The gathering will take place at NFL Headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, June 11, and will be open to invited media bloggers.
Each of the participating organizations, which also includes US Soccer, USA Hockey, USA Football, USA Basketball, Little League Baseball, USA Gymnastics, USA Cheer and the National Federation of State High School Associations, will share details about successful initiatives currently being deployed to enhance youth safety in sports. US Lacrosse will be represented by Ann Carpenetti, managing director for game administration, and Bruce Griffin, director of health and sport safety.
"US Lacrosse is pleased to be able to share information about our efforts to increase player safety through this very public platform facilitated by the NFL," Griffin said. "Providing programs and services that enhance the safety for all lacrosse participants is one of our organization’s top priorities, and we welcome opportunities to serve as a both a leader and a facilitator in these efforts."
US Lacrosse’s commitment to enhancing and promoting player safety begins at the highest levels of the organization and is articulated as a point of emphasis in US Lacrosse’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan, approved last September by its board of directors. Ongoing safety initiatives include coaches and officials’ education & training programs, standardization of youth playing rules and protective equipment requirements, and a sizeable investment in new scientific research, led by the organization’s Sports Science and Safety Committee.
Media commentators and bloggers expected to attend the one-day roundtable event include representatives from Black and Married with Kids, Family Circle, MomsTeam, Macaroni Kids, ESPN, Parenthood, SportsCapp, She Said He Said, Trophy Mom, What to Expect, She Budgets, ThirtyMommy.com, iVillage.com; PinkConcussions.com and many others.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.