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August 14, 2013

Newcastle mother champions effort to make high school football safer

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NORMAN —

For that, Newcastle’s football program and entire school district deserve long applause.

“We couldn’t have done this without the entire Newcastle community, from the school superintendent to the athletic director to the head football coach, from the athletic trainer to the parents and the athletes,” de Lynch said. “I think the film shows what can happen when all stakeholders, especially moms, work together as a team to make the sport … safer, not just for their kids, but for all kids.”

The NFL knows it was late to the party, but to its credit is cracking down on the kinds of hits that may well have played a role in a rash of ex-player suicides. The NCAA is in much the same boat, doing its best to make up for a lax past with a stringent present when it comes to protecting players.

But a high school football program in Oklahoma, a few miles from Norman, may be at the forefront of creating an entirely new cycle of safety in the sport this state craves most.

Bully for all of them.

It begins at 10.

You might want to watch.

Clay Horning

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