Thursday, May 8, 2014

Open House a Success...Registration is Now Open

Thank you to all who attended the MYAA Football & Cheer Open House last night. The event was a tremendous success providing parents and children an opportunity to learn about the Medford Indians Football and Cheer programs. We would also like to thank the many volunteers and presenters who helped make the night happen. Especially Paul Kasper and Dr Katie Gollotto of the Virtua Center for Sports Medicine, Tim Gushue, Head Football Coach at Shawnee High School, the Shawnee High School coaching staff, football players and cheerleaders and our own football and cheer coaches and players. 

For those that attended and did not register at the event, the promotion code can still be used for a limited time so sign up soon. All parents can register their children for both Cheer and Football at MYAA Registration portal (MYAA.NET).

If you were unable to attend our event, or would like additional information on our programs and the information presented last night please contact free to contact us. Included below is a brief summary of the topics and our presenters contact information.

Angie Paschell
Cheer Commissioner

Bill Rieger
Football Commissioner

Additional Information....

Dr Katie Gollotto
Paul Kasper
Director Virtua Sports Medicine
Tim Gushue
Head Football Coach
Shawnee High School
Carl Hemple

The Medford Indians have joined with the South Jersey Elite youth football league participating in the “Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” program. This concussion-based program is designed to directly educate youth coaches, parents and athletes about the science of a concussion, concussion prevention, recognition and treatment. The goal is to significantly reduce the number of concussion cases in youth sports and minimize the effects of a concussion once an incident occurs.  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 South Jersey Elite Youth Football League. Carz N’ Toyz is a non-profit organization and a Virtua Foundation Community Partner known for its philanthropic efforts which benefit children in the community and those being cared for at Virtua. 
“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 program will include a series of seminars run by Virtua experts to educate area youth football coaches and parents on concussion management as well as an “eyes to the sky” proper tackling session led by Philadelphia Soul coaches and players as well as other area youth coaches. 

“We see this as a case of ‘Knowledge is Power,’” said Paul Kasper, director of sports medicine at Virtua. “We need to educate every administrator, 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.” 

Unlike many programs that exist where only an organization leader receives the proper training on concussions and is then expected to relay the information, “Virtua Certified, Soul Approved” is open to the public so that everybody involved in the young athletes circle can be properly trained and understand their specific role with this issue. 

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