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Pop Warner Partners with National Football Foundation

Participation, health & safety, and character development top the list of common goals.

NFF PartnershipThe National Football Foundation (NFF) and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest youth football organization, today announced a partnership to enhance the sport through a variety of initiatives and research projects that promote participation, health and safety, academic achievement, and the community involvement of the young athletes who play football.

“Pop Warner’s partnership with the National Football Foundation presents a tremendous opportunity to positively influence more athletes and improve the sport of football,” said Jon Butler, executive director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. “Both organizations share a common belief in the life-long lessons that come from playing football, and we look forward to collaborating.”

The two organizations will work closely to identify trends and opportunities to strengthen the youth sports experience.

Spearheaded by Pop Warner, areas of collaboration will include coaches training, equipment changes, and the promotion of academic achievement and community leadership by those involved with the sport.

“We are excited to team with Pop Warner, using the full power of the National Football Foundation to expand on our collective initiatives to promote the good in the game,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Pop Warner and the NFF share a mutual understanding of the power of football in developing leadership and academic achievement in our nation’s young people, and by working together we will magnify our ability to ensure the strength of our sport.”

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame:
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people.

With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award presented by Fidelity Investments, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the William V. Campbell Trophy endowed by HealthSouth and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the BCS, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Liberty Mutual, NCAA Football, and Under Armour. Please visit www.footballfoundation.org.