Aspen Institute to Host Discussion on the Future of Youth Football

November 7, 2012

Contact: Jeff Harris
Public Affairs Manager
The Aspen Institute

Featured speakers include DeMaurice Smith and Dr. Robert Cantu

What: The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program will host and live stream a roundtable discussion on the future of youth and high school football in the United States. The conversations will look at when children should begin playing tackle football, public health concerns, and the role of the National Football League and its players’ association.

Who: More than 30 leaders from the realms of medicine, education, academia, media, the military, and the football industry. Featured guests include DeMaurice Smith, executive director, National Football League Players Association, and Dr. Robert Cantu, author, Concussions and Our Kids.

Moderated by Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program and ESPN reporter

Other Participants Include: Jon Butler, executive director, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.; Christine Brennan, sports columnist, USA Today; Scott Hallenbeck, executive director, USA Football; Eddie Mason, former NFL linebacker and president, Mase Training, LLC; William Mayer, owner of UFL’s Virginia Destroyers and chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute; Chris Nowinski, executive director, Sports Legacy Institute; and Mike Wise, sports columnist.

The discussion will also feature a clip from The Aspen Institute Presents with former NFL running back Jim Brown discussing football head injuries. Watch a preview here:

Title: Playing Safety: The Future of Youth Football?

When: Friday, November 9, 11:00am – 1:30pm

Where: Press interested in covering the event at the Aspen Institute offices at One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC, should register with Jeff Harris,, 202-736-3848. A live stream of the event will also be available at

The discussion will continue on the Aspen Institute blog at and on Twitter at @AspenInstitute and #PlayingSafety.

The mission of the Sports & Society Program is to convene leaders, foster dialogue, and inspire solutions that help sport serve the public interest, with a focus on the development of healthy children and communities. The program provides a venue for thought leadership where knowledge can be deepened, and breakthrough ideas explored, on a range of critical issues.


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