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Little League® President and CEO Participates in NFL Safety Roundtable

Little League® President and CEO Participates in NFL Safety Roundtable


Little League® Baseball and Softball has been a pioneer in safety in youth sports, and Stephen D. Keener, Little League® President and Chief Executive Officer will provide insights into Little League’s safety program at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the National Football League on Tuesday, June 11 in New York City.


The roundtable will feature representatives from nine different sports organizations to discuss youth sports safety, and will be moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, PSY.D., AAPB; Head Injury Consultant—Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire; Neuropsychologist, NorthShore University HealthSystem.


“Since our inception in 1939, the safety of the boys and girls who play Little League baseball and softball has always been a paramount priority,” said Mr. Keener. “Through research, rules and assisting with product development, we’ve been devoted to making our games safe and fun. I am grateful to the NFL for giving us the opportunity to share some of Little League’s best practices with this greater sporting and parenting community.”


Little League has a history of innovations in youth sports safety. Former President and CEO, Dr. Creighton J. Hale was a pioneer in the development of safety equipment, including the double ear-flap batter’s helmet, catcher’s helmet, chest protector with throat guard, and the non-wood baseball bat. In the 1960s, Little League created the “Safety Officer” position at local leagues. More recently, in 1994, Little League introduced ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program). A grassroots network of Safety Officers, the program provides educational opportunities and sets guidelines to ensure the overall safety of all Little Leaguers®, including information on concussion and head injury awareness. Currently 84 percent of all Little League programs submit an ASAP safety action plan. Learn more about ASAP.


Follow the Roundtable on Twitter: #NFLRoundtable. In addition to Little League, representatives from US Soccer, USA Hockey, US Lacrosse, USA Football, USA Basketball and USA Cheer are scheduled to participate in the roundtable.