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Chargers Host First USA Protection Tour in L.A.
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With training camp less than a week away, future faces of football had the chance to take the field.
In a constant effort to create a better, safer game for youth football teams, the Los Angeles Chargers teamed up with USA Football to host their annual Protection Tour. Saturday’s stop was the first ever in Los Angeles.
“This was the third year in a row that the Chargers organization hosted the event, and we look forward to working with them on more events in the future,” mentioned Zak Zumbiel, USA Football Senior Coordinator, Events. “(They) were great partners in bringing our Protection Tour event to the area for the first time ever. We had over 200 kids in attendance, who were able to go through drills with a certified USA Football Master Trainer, as well as local youth coaches.”
“The event is a great opportunity for kids of all ages meet and make new friends,” said Dzubnar. “It was great to be out there helping with not only proper football techniques, but proper safety techniques that will make them safer on the field.”
“It’s always great to be active in the community and giving knowledge to the youth,” added King. “I had a great time seeing them compete at a young age, and also teaching them to have fun (wile) staying safe!”
Established in 2012, the Bolts’ event was the 31st in the program’s history. Supported by Riddell and AIG, the Protection Tour is meant to educate youth football players, parents and coaches on the importance of safety and protection when it comes to the game of football. The three main aspects that make up the Protection Tour event include proper equipment fitting led by Riddell employees, tackling fundamentals via the Heads Up Football tackling system, and concussion recognition and response protocol.
The Los Angeles Chargers kick off training camp July 30 with a number of complimentary open practices for the public at Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa, CA. Visit Chargers.com/Camp for up-to-date information and practice schedule. Read