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[s19] Sen. Holdman to Join Coaches, NFL Veterans in Youth Athlete Safety Panel
Start Date: 5/15/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/15/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (May 15, 2013) — State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) will join leaders in youth and professional football to discuss student athlete safety issues on Friday, May 17.

The Pro Football Mini Camp (PFMC) is hosting a Coach’s Clinic to instruct youth and high school football coaches on the best practices for teaching and supervising student athletes. This year, the clinic will feature a panel discussion on promoting players’ health and safety on the field. Holdman was asked to be a part of this conversation because of his efforts with Senate Enrolled Act 372 – legislation to address concussions and sudden cardiac arrests in student athletes.

“Young people who participate in sports often carry their experiences for a lifetime,” Holdman said. “But to have that positive impact, our coaches and athletic directors must be properly trained to handle any emergency that may occur. The legislation I authored seeks to encourage conversation and collaboration on safety issues, which will ultimately lead to better prepared supervisors on the field. The PFMC Coach’s Clinic is an excellent example of this idea in action.” 

Jason Baker, a National Football League veteran and Fort Wayne native, founded PFMC to help more students gain valuable life skills from football. Baker said the Coach’s Clinic will help coaches take full advantage of the opportunity to positively impact athletes’ lives.

“Coaches have a wonderful opportunity and a responsibility to serve our children in this very intimate environment,” Baker said. “It is imperative that we continue to educate and empower our coaches, leagues and schools to give our kids an opportunity to participate in sports in the safest environment possible. Senator Holdman’s efforts will help to materialize this idea. He has championed, from a legal perspective, the cause for protecting and minimizing the exposure our kids have to head injuries in sports.”

The event will be held at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne. For more information on the clinic, go to

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
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