WASHINGTON (AP) — NFL teams and the league’s foundation will fund trainers in underserved high schools nationwide in a $1 million program.
An announcement was made Thursday as part of a White House summit on youth sports safety.
The program, a collaboration with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), is part of $25 million committed by the NFL Foundation over the next three years toward health and safety projects.
According to NATA, only 55 percent of high school athletes nationwide have access to a full-time certified trainer. Access is particularly challenging in low-income and rural communities.
The outreach program will provide certified trainers in NFL communities. NFL teams will identify schools in their region that are eligible.