Mark Kelso to Headline Youth Football Clinic

Mark Kelso, former Buffalo Bill defensive back, current Bill’s color commentator and USA Football Ambassador, USA Football Master Trainer Ken Stoldt (Section VI Football Chairman) and the Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA), a non-profit youth group, formed by seven local youth sports organizations will be conducting a “Parent Symposium/Player Clinic” for area youth football players from the ages of 6 – 14 years old and their parents and/or guardians, on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

This free event is open to any and all parents/guardians and their children, in Western New York, who are interested in learning about the new initiatives being implemented around the country in compliance with the USA Football protocols.

This free event will be held at the Starpoint High School Football field at 4363 Mapleton Road in Lockport, New York and will include participation of some of the NEYSA member organizations (Grand Island Jr. Vikings, Tonawanda Football Clinic, Niagara Falls Jr. Vipers, Niagara Wheatfield Amateur Athletic, Pendleton Athletic Booster Association, Lewiston-Porter Youth Football and Wilson Jr. Lakemen).

The event will introduce the efforts of the NFL, USA Football and NEYSA to implement the USA Football “HeadsUp” protocols to every youth football organization and to educate Parents, Players and Coaches in those protocols, which include: proper equipment (helmet and shoulder pads) fitting; concussion awareness; proper “HeadsUp” tackling techniques and heat preparedness and hydration.

Parents will be informed about these objectives while the players will participate in drills, designed by USA Football, to teach them the “HeadsUp” tackling techniques as well as skill position drills ran by USA Football Player Safety Coaches (PSC) and “HeadsUp” certified coaches representing each member organization of NEYSA.

For more information, please contact Ray Turpin at (716) 838-6850 or

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