TeachAids Partners with Pop Warner to Provide CrashCourse to 325,000 Participants Nationwide
Pop Warner Little Scholars, the nation’s oldest and most prominent youth football, cheer, and dance organization, announced a unique partnership with TeachAids to reach young people across the United States. Visit the Pop Warner website to see their announcement of this exciting partnership.
Concussions are one of the most widely discussed but least understood issues among the 38 million youth actively engaged in sports across the United States. Celebrating its 90th year of youth football in 2018, Pop Warner will be the first organization to provide CrashCourse concussion education nationwide. Mobilizing their coaches throughout their network, Pop Warner will provide the CrashCourse curriculum to its more than 325,000 young learners.
“Although there are ample materials available for parents, coaches and medical professionals, there is a dearth of customized, research-based education for young people. If we are going to change the culture of sports we need to educate our young athletes,” said Dr. Julian Bailes, founder of The Brain Injury Research Institute. “CrashCourse has tremendous potential to resonate with our young people and encourage them to come forward when injured.”
“We have put into place a number of important tools to make Pop Warner football safer, including major rule changes and enhanced coaching education. The partnership with TeachAids will give us yet another important approach to protecting the young people who love the game,” says Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner. “The interactive, engaging content from experts and elite Stanford student-athletes will help teach young people to recognize a concussion and emphasize the importance of speaking up if they think they or a teammate suffered a concussion.”
TeachAids aims to educate youth effectively about concussions through a curriculum delivered by voices that youth admire and trust. Research revealed that students wanted to hear from “near-peers”, someone relatable that had to overcome similar challenges, not from doctors, teachers or coaches. Through the courses taught at Stanford University by TeachAids Founder & CEO, Piya Sorcar, dozens of Stanford student-athletes, including Stanford football team captain and star of CrashCourse Football, Alameen Murphy, came together to envision more compelling concussion education.
“We really believe in this program. My teammates and I poured countless hours to build CrashCourse in order to create a powerful education platform that would resonate with today’s youth,” said Alameen Murphy, a captain for the Stanford Cardinal football team. “We grew up playing Pop Warner football. It’s a dream come true to see that the next generation of players will now be able to know and understand concussions the way we wish we did at their age.”
About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, PA, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit popwarner.com or follow Pop Warner on Twitter @Pop_Warner, Facebook @PopWarnerLittleScholars, Instagram @popwarnerlittlescholars and Snap @popwarner1929.