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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Joins Panel on Youth Health at PTA National Convention

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Kevin Chappell, Media Relations


"Health and Safety for a New Generation" Panel Kicks Off NFL-PTA
Partnership on Youth Health and Fitness

WHEN: Friday, June 21: 8:45-9:15AM


  • Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
  • Betsy Landers, National PTA President
  • Elizabeth Pieroth, PSY.D., AAPB; Head Injury Consultant – Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Fire; Neuropsychologist, Northshore University HealthSystem; USA Football Heads Up Football Advisory Committee Member
  • LaVar Arrington, former NFL linebacker and current USA Football Heads Up Football Ambassador & Advisory Committee Member


Commissioner Goodell, Dr. Pieroth and Lavar Arrington will participate in a panel discussion, titled  “Health and Safety for a New Generation,” as part of the PTA National Convention. The event will include discussion on the important role parents play in making decisions about their children’s recreational activities, the rewards of sports participation, and the lessons of team sports participation.

The panel will also launch the “Back to Sports” initiative, the NFL-PTA partnership on youth health and fitness. “Back to Sports” will help PTA leaders across the country educate their communities on youth wellness—from concussion education to NFL PLAY 60 tips to staying active. Local PTAs will plan “Back to Sports Nights,” engaging parents and community leaders on ways to help their kids stay safer and healthier as they head back to the sports field this fall.

The partnership announcement will be made by Commissioner Goodell and outgoing National PTA President Betsy Landers prior to the panel discussion. 

The “Back to Sports” initiative marks the first time the National PTA has partnered with a sports organization, and Commissioner Goodell’s appearance at the PTA Convention is the first time a sports commissioner has addressed PTA constituents at the event.


Duke Energy Convention Center

525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202


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Abiah Weaver, National PTA,, 703-518-1255

Media Credentials Required: National PTA Press Center, Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 234

Representatives of the media will be admitted to meetings upon presentation of press credentials. Reporters with appropriate press passes will be permitted to sit in the nonvoting section at all general meetings to cover the proceedings. All interviews with delegates or individual attendees should be arranged through National PTA’s press office.

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National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.