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With few other options, football is hope for families in rural Mississippi

Feb. 19, 2024 10:29 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A winter sun is setting over the brown, patchy field where Ronald Redmond’s kids have been playing football since they were 5. The goalposts are rusting and the fence is ripped. But Redmond knows what kids who played on this field have gone on to achieve: high school...

Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

Feb. 19, 2024 10:25 AM EST

Tackle football offers children as young as 5 the chance to make friends, learn teamwork, maybe attract a college scholarship. Growing research shows it also can cause injuries that damage developing brains. That leaves families to balance the risks against the opportunities. ...

Poll: Race a factor in how parents view youth tackle football

Feb. 19, 2024 10:19 AM EST

Most parents understand the health risks of tackle football for children, but a new poll found significant differences in how Black, Hispanic and white parents of children under 18 view the benefits of the game. Black and Hispanic parents are nearly twice as likely to see youth...

In an Atlanta suburb, youth tackle football is a way of life

Feb. 19, 2024 10:17 AM EST

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Four days before the biggest game of their lives, dozens of 6- and 7-year-olds wearing full pads and Kelly-green jerseys bounded onto a practice field in suburban Atlanta. Under bright lights last fall, the Buford Webb football team performed tackling drills and...

Panthers hire Chiefs lead contract negotiator Brandt Tilis as executive VP of football operations

Jan. 31, 2024 17:19 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have added to their front office, hiring former Kansas City Chiefs contract negotiator Brandt Tilis as their new executive vice president of football operations on Wednesday. Per the team, Tilis will handle all football administration...

Panthers organizational shakeup continues; Samir Suleiman out as VP of football administration

Jan. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EST

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is continuing to shake up the organization. Vice president of football administration Samir Suleiman is no longer with the team, meaning the Panthers will be looking for someone to manage the salary cap and contract negotiations moving forward, a...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he won't sign a proposed ban on tackle football for kids under 12

Jan. 17, 2024 17:43 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not ban tackle football for children under 12 after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom publicly promised he would not sign the bill if it were to reach his desk, blocking a proposal that had become a proxy for parental rights in a presidential election year. ...

Flag football gives female players sense of community, scholarship options and soon shot at Olympics

Dec. 28, 2023 23:26 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — There were times when Jo Overstreet felt all alone as a standout flag football player on boys teams growing up in Texas. Sure, she was accepted. Considered just one of the boys. She longed for something more — a sense of sisterhood. ...

Flag football catching on and will be featured at the 2028 LA Games, maybe even with NFL players

Dec. 28, 2023 11:54 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Imagine Tyreek Hill catching passes again from Patrick Mahomes. Not in a Super Bowl, either, but with a gold medal on the line for Team USA. Anything's about to become possible after flag football was elevated to Olympic status. The non-contact sport was added to the...

Mexico QB Diana Flores leads the charge as women’s flag football makes gains internationally

Dec. 28, 2023 11:39 AM EST

Diana Flores has starred in a Super Bowl halftime ad, signed a deal with Under Armour and even coached girls at a clinic in Morocco. Mexico’s flag football quarterback did not see this coming. "For a Mexican girl who fell in love with a very American sport at the age...