As part of the NFL and New York Jets’ commitment to player health and safety at all levels of sport, the NFL has joined with the NFL Players Association, USA Football, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association (NAERA), NCAA, National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and Xenith to launch a helmet replacement and education program. The program, supported by U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, targets youth football leagues in underserved communities. It will remove helmets that are 10 years old or older and replace them with new helmets at no cost to the beneficiary leagues
To apply for the helmet replacement program please visit: USA Football
The program is being administered as a pilot program in four target communities in 2012: California Bay Area, Gulf Coast region, Northern Ohio, and the tri-state region around New York City. To see a map of eligible regions, click here: Eligible Regions
The program includes a strong educational campaign that features important safety information from the CDC and USA Football, including materials on concussion awareness, proper helmet fit, and teaching fundamentally-sound football through USA Football’s innovative Tackle Progression Model and Levels of Contact module. In addition, leagues that receive helmets through this program will be required to have their coaches complete USA Football’s Certified Coaching Education Program.