September 2011 Archives

Football Coach Suspended After Taking Players to Cemetery

The coach, Jim Marsh, admitted that he'd borrowed the idea from Herman Boone, the coach immortalized in "Remember the Titans."


Education Dept. Awards $35M for Physical Education Programs

The grants will be awarded through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which is dedicated to the initiation, expansion, or enhancement of K-12 phys. ed. programs.


Second Youth-Concussion Lawsuit Filed Against NCAA

The two lead plaintiffs in this suit, former college football players, say "their lives have been fundamentally altered as the result of brain trauma that could have been prevented."


EdWeek Bloggers Tackle Youth Obesity, Value of Sports

Peter DeWitt believes that sports can teach students life lessons, while Marilyn Rhames battles her own obesity problem as a teacher at a health and wellness school.


CDC to Create National Youth-Concussion Guidelines

The CDC will form an expert panel during the next year to define the need, scope, and expectations of federal concussion guidelines for student-athletes.


Concussions Force Student-Athlete to Retire From Football

Nolan Brewster, a junior at the University of Texas, is retiring from football because of concussions and migraines, the team announced Monday.


N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Signs Youth-Concussion Law

The law requires parents to sign a concussion awareness form, and calls for any student-athlete suspected of a concussion to be removed from play immediately.


Drug Cartel Threat Causes School to Cancel Football Game

After a reported cartel threat forced a Mexican school to cancel a football game two weeks ago, its opponent for this week canceled their schedule game, too.


NCAA Conference Realignment Hurts High School Athletes

With uncertainty continuing to hover, high school athletes making their college decisions in the next few years may not quite know what they're getting into when they commit.


Deion Sanders Wins Rights to Open Texas Charter School

Deion Sanders, NFL Hall-of-Famer, will be opening PrimeU Prep Academy in 2012 after winning the rights to open a charter in Texas this past Friday.


Concussion Expert Wins $500K MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, professor of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was named one of the 22 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today.


Post's Jay Mathews on the Value of High School Sports

The Washington Post columnist believes that sports bring something to the table not often found elsewhere in schools.


Michael Vick: NFL's Soon-to-Be Role Model on Concussions?

Depending on what happens with Michael Vick, the NFL may end up sending the message that a player's health matters more than championship aspirations, no matter how grandiose they might be.


NCAA Sued for Failing to Protect Players From Concussions

The class action lawsuit alleges that the NCAA knew about the consequences of concussions and other head injuries, but chose to ignore said studies at the expense of player safety.


Parents Afraid to Discuss Weight With Children, Study Finds

The "Raising Fit Kids" study found that 22 percent of parents feel uncomfortable discussing the consequences of being overweight with their children.


Group to Donate $1 Million of Youth Athletic Equipment

BSN Sports, a sporting goods distributor, announced a $1 million program today dedicated to distributing free athletic equipment and uniforms to youth recreation leagues and schools facing budget cuts.


How Golf Helped a Community Turn Itself Around

Many residents in Atlanta's East Lake community would say it was golf that saved their ailing town.


Law Group Files Amicus Brief to Support Title IX Case

The National Women's Law Center filed a "friend of the court" brief last week in support of the female athletes involved in Biediger et al. v. Quinnipiac, a case currently before an appeals court.


Report: Top-Tier NCAA Athletes Worth $100,000 or More

With student-athletes receiving only scholarships as compensation, the National College Players Association argues that they should start receiving a cut of the revenues.


NBA's Magic Johnson Launching Urban Students Initiative

Magic Johnson Enterprises will work with EdisonLearning, an educational services provider, on a dual-front approach to help support urban students.


How Schools Fight Youth Obesity During Tough Budget Times

Over 200 policymakers gathered in Washington, D.C., yesterday at the 3rd Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit to discuss potential solutions for the childhood obesity crisis.


Al Jazeera Reporter 'Not Welcome' at Texas Football Game

Gabriel Elizondo was reportedly barred from interviewing crowd members at a high school football game this past Friday, after the school's administrators learned that he was working for Al Jazeera.


N.J. Districts Boost Academic Standards for Student-Athletes

One district will increase the minimum student-athlete GPA from 2.0 to 2.5; another forces student-athletes to obtain at least a 70 for a passing grade in each class.


Deion Sanders Working to Open Charter School in Texas

Sanders, along with other business partners, laid out a plan to open a charter school in front of the Texas board of education's charter school committee last week.


Calif. Senate Passes Ban on Pay-to-Play School Sports

The California Senate passed a bill on Thursday that would ban schools from charging students required fees to join sports teams or other extracurricular clubs.


Delaware Rings in School Year With New Concussion Law

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed his state's youth concussion law on Tuesday, making Delaware the 32nd state (along with the District of Columbia) to have one.


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