Davie and Lexington Medical Centers Sponsoring Free Youth Football Clinics

Kids & Pros Sessions Set for April 30, May 1 at Davie County, North Davidson High Schools

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – March 25, 2016 – Youth football players will be able to learn safe blocking and tackling techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at two Kids & Pros clinics sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Davie Medical Center and Lexington Medical Center.

These free, non-contact clinics are open to players ages 6 to 13. They will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Davie County High School in Mocksville and on Sunday, May 1, at North Davidson High School in Lexington. Both will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

Kids & Pros, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons player Buddy Curry, conducts youth camps and clinics throughout the Southeast that incorporate USA Football’s Heads Up Football player-safety program.

We’re happy to make the Kids & Pros clinics available to this area’s young players,” said Chad Brown, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center. “They’ll be able to both improve their football skills and learn how to minimize the risk of injury.”

The Mocksville and Lexington clinics also will include hour-long information sessions for parents and coaches on football safety, concussion awareness and related topics. These sessions will begin at 2:30 p.m. at each clinic.

"This is a great opportunity for players, parents and coaches to learn how football can be played more safely,” said Bill James, president of Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. “Much attention is paid to concussion and other injuries on the pro and college levels, but the issues are equally if not more important in youth football.”

The Kids & Pros clinics are free but space is limited and online registration by a parent or legal guardian is required.

To register for the April 30 clinic at Davie County High, go to: www.kidsandpros.com/2016/02/08/2016-clinics-nc-davie-county-april-30-2016/.

To register for the May 1 clinic at North Davidson High, go to: www.kidsandpros.com/2016/02/12/2016-clinics-lexington-nc-may-1-2016/.

Media contacts: Joe McCloskey, jmcclosk@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-1273; Mac Ingraham, mingraha@wakehealth.edu, 336-716-3487.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is a nationally recognized academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Its divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, Davie Medical Center and Lexington Medical Center and has close to 175 locations, 900 physicians and 1,000 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, an established leader in medical education and research; and Wake Forest Innovations, which accelerates the commercialization of research discoveries and specialized research capabilities of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and operates Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban district for research, business and education. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are annually ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.