First Down! NFL debuts Moms Clinic at Robins, making history
By Angela Woolen, Robins Public Affairs
/ Published June 26, 2015
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --
On Monday, Moms from Robins Air Force Base and the surrounding community - decked out in matching khaki shirts - learned about concussions, steroid use and tackling from the pros.
More than 200 women participated in the Atlanta Falcons' Moms Football Safety Clinic led by former NFL player Buddy Curry, who played for the Atlanta Falcons.
He brought with him several former NFL and college football players as coaches and two undrafted rookie free agents, Michael Lee from Fort Valley State University and Jonathon Mincy from Auburn, who hope to make the Falcons' squad.
This was the first time a mom's safety clinic sponsored by the NFL has been conducted on a military installation.
Curry, who has three sons who played football, said that safety measures today are far better than when he played professionally in the 1980s.
A representative from Riddell demonstrated how to properly fit a football helmet and shoulder pads. And Brian Parker, a spokesman for the Taylor Hooton Foundation, talked about the prevalence of steroid and dietary supplement use in youth sports.
After the informational lectures and a question and answer session, the ladies headed outside to practice tackling drills.
Led by the former professionals who shouted encouragement, provided directions and gave high fives all around, the women were instructed on how to "keep their head up, chest out and to explode from the hips to tackle an opponent."
The drills, along with the lectures, were designed to put mothers' minds at ease about letting their sons play contact football.