Youth football players will learn safe blocking and tackling techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at a Kids & Pros clinics sponsored by the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Speedway Children's Charities of Atlanta. The event will be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"We are excited to bring these safety techniques and training to the youth players, parents, coaches and athletic trainers in Atlanta," said Bob Gfeller, executive director of the Childress Institute. "It is crucial to avoid concussions and injuries while playing sports so that children can enjoy them for many years. Buddy Curry and Kids & Pros do a great job with the kids and parents to make it a fun and educational day."

These free, non-contact clinics are open to players ages 7 to 13. It will be held on Saturday, July 8, at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will run from 4-8 p.m. Thanks in part to a grant from Speedway Children's Charities and a generous facility donation from Atlanta Motor Speedway, the clinic will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 and will include an hour-long information session for parents and coaches on football safety, concussion awareness and related topics beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Kids & Pros, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons players Buddy Curry and Bobby Butler, conducts youth camps and clinics throughout the Southeast that incorporates football skills and drills, proper tackling techniques and character lessons, as well as parent information sessions to convey the latest football safety information for young athletes and their families.

"We are excited to partner with the Childress Institute, CHOA and SCC Atlanta to bring a youth football safety clinic to south Atlanta," said Curry, Kids & Pros executive director. "We are all committed to cover the region to ensure that parents have the latest information on football safety, proper tackling techniques and concussion protocol - so we work towards keeping athletes as safe as possible, while playing team sports."

The Kids & Pros clinics are free but space is limited and online registration by a parent or legal guardian is required. Visit www.kidsandpros.com for more information.

July 8, 2017, 4-8 p.m.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, GA
Registration link: http://wp.me/p4W7tc-38C

In addition to the youth football clinic, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Childress Institute will bring together coaches, athletic trainers, sports medicine first responders, EMS and emergency department staff to discuss the continuum of athletic injuries, with a focus on concussions, emergency action plans and spinal injury management. Visit https://saveinjuredkids.org/sportsmed/ to learn more.

About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries, and many more are treated in the emergency room. It can happen anywhere, at any time, to any child. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute funds research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more.

About Kids & Pros, Inc.
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry in order to teach character and skills through athletics. Through its unique football experience and combination of athletics and wellness education, the organization now provides weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the Southeast. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on Twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.

About Speedway Children's Charities
Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith. With chapters based at each of the eight race tracks within the Speedway Motorsports family, SCC is committed to raising funds to be awarded to qualified children's charitable organizations nationwide. To date, SCC's Atlanta chapter has awarded more than $4 million for Atlanta-area children since it was established in 1994. To learn more about Speedway Children's Charities or to get involved, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org/atlanta or write to scc@atlantamotorspeedway.com.