Monday, March 31, 2014

PJ Whelihans is sponsoring a 'Dine In' night for the Medford Indians football and cheer programs on March 31st from 5 to 8pm. PJs, located in Medford Lakes will donate 15% back to the football and cheer programs on all dine in orders that present the below flyer. Please help support our programs and share this event with your friends and families. Further information can be found at...

The flyer located at the link above must be presented at time of order

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Support Football & Cheer - Dine In at PJ Whelihans

PJ Whelihans is sponsoring a 'Dine In' night for the Medford Indians football and cheer programs on March 31st from 5 to 8pm. PJs, located in Medford Lakes will donate 15% back to the football and cheer programs on all dine in orders that present the below flyer. Please help support our programs and share this event with your friends and families. Further information can be found at...

The flyer located at the link above must be presented at time of order

Friday, March 7, 2014

Medford Indians to Become Virtua Certified, Soul Approved

Team Joins With Virtua, South Jersey Elite Youth Football and Carz N’ Toyz

PHILADELPHIA (February 18, 2014) – The Philadelphia Soul and Virtua, a comprehensive healthcare system headquartered in Marlton, NJ with four hospitals in the southern New Jersey area; South Jersey Elite Invitational Youth Football League (SJEIYFL), recognized as the leader of youth Football and Cheerleading in New Jersey; and Carz N’ Toyz, a Virtua Foundation Community Partner known for its philanthropic efforts which benefit hospitalized children as well as funding for concussion impact testing for young athletes, have teamed to create Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” Concussion program.

“Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” is a concussion-based program with a mission to reduce concussion-related incidents as well as the effects of any incidents, short term and long term, by directly educating every person involved in the care of young athletes, including athletic administrators, trainers, coaches, parents and the athletes on proper concussion prevention and management. 

To kick off the program, Virtua is using funds donated from Carz N’ Toyz to Virtua Foundation to provide over 600 concussion baseline tests to young athletes in the SJEIYFL.

The program will include a series of seminars run by Virtua health experts to educate attendees on concussion management as well as “eyes to the sky” proper tackling techniques training led by Philadelphia Soul coaches and players.  Unlike many programs that exist where only the organization leader receives the proper training on concussion management and that person is expected to relay the information, “Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” is open to the public so that everybody involved in the young athletes care can be properly trained directly from the experts and understand their specific role with this issue.

“I have dealt with the concussion issue personally during my entire life,” said Soul owner and ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski.  “Playing football and working around the NFL for so many years, this program is exactly what needs to be done to educate everybody early in the athlete’s careers so we can greatly reduce the effects that concussions have on athletes and keep the best sport in the world thriving”.

“Concussions are a major issue in youth sports and the decline of participation in youth sports”, said Paul Kasper, director of sports medicine at Virtua.  “We see this as a case of ‘Knowledge is Power’, but it can’t just be the organization leader that has the power.  We need to educate every administrator, every trainer, every coach, every parent and every athlete about this issue and only then can we make significant positive results with reductions in incidents and effects from any incidents.”

“This program is exactly what the youth sports community needs,” said Mike DiFlorio, president of SJEIYFL.  “We feel so strongly about this program, that we have made it mandatory that every coach must attend one of the seminars in order to be eligible to coach in our league.  Every coach must be ‘Virtua Certified, Soul Approved’!”

“As the concussion issue has become more and more prevalent in our society, we felt an obligation to be proactive in making a difference,” said Carz N’ Toyz president Sam LaCroce.  “It is our mission to support children in our community in various ways. We have worked closely with Virtua Foundation over the last three years to ensure our fundraising efforts can have the greatest impact on children and families, and believe that the concussion testing program is a perfect fit for our initiatives.”

The first of a minimum of three seminars will take place on Saturday, March 29th at 2 p.m. at Cherokee High School located at 130 Tomlinson Mill Rd, Marlton, NJ 08053.   The seminar is open to the public.  Space is limited and registrations will be taken on a first come-first serve basis.  Additional seminars will be announced shortly.  There will be a minimum of three seminars between today and August, and additional seminars may be added based on demand.  To register or for more information, go to


The Philadelphia Soul are presented by Parx Casino.  They capped their eighth Arena Football League season by capturing the 2013 American Conference championship, making it back to back conference championship seasons.  The Soul kick off the 2014 season on Saturday, March 15 in Arizona and the home opener is set for Saturday, April 19 at 6pm at the Wells Fargo Center.  For 2014 tickets, contact the Soul sales department at (215) 253-4900 ext. 3, or for more details.  Follow the Soul on Facebook at and Twitter at

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua, a not-for-profit organization, helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers almost 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua has joined efforts with the Philadelphia Flyers as “Partners for a Healthy Community.”  Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or


The SJEIYFL is recognized as the leader of youth Football and Cheerleading in NJ. We are truly Elite. Our organizations are the feeder programs to many of the successful High School Football teams in South Jersey. Cherokee, Timber Creek, Eastern, Williamstown, ST. Joseph, Paul IV and Shawnee just to name a few. We continue to strive to provide the best opportunity for our kids to learn, play, and cheer at an ELITE level.


The Carz N’ Toyz organization is known for its philanthropic efforts which benefit hospitalized children as well as funding for concussion impact testing for young athletes.  Carz N’ Toyz, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3).

John Adams, Philadelphia Soul COO, (215) 253-4900 ext. 172,
Paul Kasper, Virtua Director Sports Medicine, 856-355-0857,
Mike DiFlorio, SJEIYFL President, 856-723-7821,
Sam Lacroce, President Carz N’ Toyz,

Thursday, March 6, 2014

USA Football: Youth Football Safety Study Released

USA Football has released findings from a two-year study to advance player health and safety in organized youth tackle football.
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, commissioned its Youth Football Player Safety Surveillance Study in February 2012 with Indianapolis-based Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. The independent scientific study monitored leagues in six states and is believed to be the first of its scope in youth football’s 80-plus year history.
The study, which encompassed more than 4,000 players ages 5-14, documented player health and any sustained injuries during the course of the 2012 and 2013 seasons. USA Football anticipates commissioning ongoing research in future years for safer play and playing standards.
Study findings include:
  • Nearly 90 percent of youth players did not sustain an injury that resulted in missing a game or practice.
  • Of the 22.4 percent of players who reported an injury, 70 percent returned to play the same day. 
  • Of the 11.9 percent of players who missed a game or practice because of injury, 60 percent returned to play within seven days.
  • Bruises were the most common injuries (34 percent), followed by ligament sprains (16 percent).
  • 4.3 percent of players in the study sustained a concussion.
  • Players were more likely to sustain an injury during games than in practices.
  • No catastrophic head, neck or heat-related injuries were reported among the more than 4,000 players during the study’s two-year span.
Datalys found that leagues and individual teams within leagues were the strongest predictors of injury after controlling for factors such as age, player size, plays per game and playing standards. Researchers conclude that coach education could address changeable behaviors within teams and positively influence player safety.  
“Based on this data, it is clear that coach behavior impacts player safety,” Datalys Center President and Injury Epidemiologist DR. THOMAS DOMPIER said. “It is the position of the Datalys Center that coach and player education that includes proper tackling, limited contact drills and injury recognition, including concussion, should be mandatory in football and possibly other sports.”
More than 25 percent of U.S. youth football organizations registered for USA Football’s Heads Up FootballSM program in 2013. Endorsed by experts in medicine, child advocacy and sport, Heads Up Football establishes standards rooted in education. The program encompasses USA Football’s nationally accredited coach certification course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concussion recognition and response, heat and hydration protocols, equipment fitting instruction and fundamentally sound tackling techniques.
USA Football commissioned the Datalys Center to conduct the study to provide new information for America’s football community, including:
  • Observations about player safety at different ages, as well as game versus practice situations;
  • Playing standards (player-age; player age-and-weight) and their relation to player safety; and
  • The level and variance of player safety in organized youth tackle football.
The primary purpose of the study was to compare the level of safety across age-only and age-weight playing standards. Age-only leagues assign players to teams based strictly on age or grade level, though may assign a maximum limit on ball-carrier weight. Age-weight leagues assign players primarily based on their weight. The study found that there was no difference in the level of safety between either standard.
Also according to the study, injury risk was lowest among the youngest players – and gradually increased with age. Players ages 5-7 reported three injuries restricting participation. No youth player age 7 or younger sustained a concussion during the two-year study.
Thirteen youth football leagues of varying sizes and demographics in Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina and West Virginia comprised the study’s sample. Individual leagues are undisclosed to preserve the anonymity of the participants.
The Datalys Center placed athletic trainers at the leagues’ practice and game fields to manage and document player health. The Datalys Center employed the same intensive methodology to USA Football’s Youth Football Safety Surveillance Study as it does for the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program and the National Injury Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network (NATIONTM).
“The health of the millions of children who love to play football and gain its fitness and social benefits is our top priority,” USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “This research underscores that education changes behavior, which is a long-standing premise held by USA Football and medical experts. This new information enables us to advance player safety and strengthen standards such as those in our Heads Up Football program that today are put into practice by youth and high school programs in all 50 states.”
Independent nonprofit USA Football has educated more than 110,000 youth football coaches since 2007 to safeguard player health and best teach the sport in partnership with the CDC and leading medical organizations and experts.
About Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention:A national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that conducts and facilitates research and surveillance programs. The Datalys Center programs aim to support the sports injury information needs of organizations focused on improving the health and safety of the growing number of Americans who are physically active. Through the Datalys Center’s collection and application of injury and treatment information, policies and education can be developed in order to understand and prevent sports injuries more effectively. For more information, visit
About USA Football:Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur football players. The independent nonprofit partners with leading medical organizations and collaborates with football leaders on youth, high school, collegiate and professional levels for a better, safer game through coaching education and player skill advancement. USA Football was endowed by the NFL Youth Football Fund in 2002.
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