NFL Effort Builds Middle School Football Programs
For years, there weren’t many options for low-income middle school students who wanted to play football. But a program sponsored by the National Football League has worked to fill that void.
Since 1998, when it was launched, the NFL’s Junior Player Development program has grown to serve more than 21,000 middle school boys at 160 sites nationwide, for free. And middle schoolers who once participated in the program are now showing up on college and NFL team rosters.
“We happen to believe that tackle football gives kids an opportunity to learn teamwork, discipline, time management, and commitment,” said Ray Anderson, the executive vice president of football operations for the New York City-based professional football league, which...
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