Ennis chosen for NFL youth football summit

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:53am

Archbishop Thomas Murphy football coach Terry Ennis is one of 50 high school football coaches tabbed to attend next weekend’s third annual NFL Youth Football Summit.

Funded by the NFL and NFL Players Association, the event coincides with Hall of Fame weekend, July 31-Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.

“We have more than 1,600 players on our NFL rosters,” NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. “They have one thing in common — they received guidance from high school coaches.

“The Youth Football Summit is one way that we can offer our resources on an annual basis to help maintain the quality of coaching throughout the country.”

More than 100 youth coaches and other supporters of youth and high school football will also attend the weekend of educational seminars, which are designed to support the youth coaching community.

Several football experts and NFL greats as well as leaders in the fields of sports psychology and sports medicine will be on hand to discuss topics vital to the continued success of youth and high school football.

Other topics at the summit will include: injury prevention and sports first-aid practices; using technology; recognizing talent; role-playing demonstrations on handling coach-player relationship issues; and tips on inspiring youth and high school football players to achieve their greatest potential.

Representatives from USA Football, the American Football Coaches Association, National High School Athletic Coaches Association, and National Federation of State High School Associations will participate in discussions on the importance of leadership and the benefits of football.

High school football coaches registered for an opportunity to attend the summit by entering a nomination and essay contest conducted by the NFL through its high school Web site, nflhs.com.

Coaches submitted online essays in which they wrote about their coaching careers, commitment to youth and coaching philosophies.

A panel reviewed the essays and 50 coaches — one from each state — were chosen to serve as their state’s delegate at the summit.

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