Moms tackle football safety with Panthers

Moms tackle football safety with Panthers

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 4:36 AM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 4:36 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --  They say 'Mother Knows Best', but when it comes to football, that's not always the case.  The Carolina Panthers are trying to change that, one mom at a time. 

Around 90 'football moms' participated in a training camp of sorts Wednesday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.  Panthers players guided them through drills, as coaches taught the mothers from all over the greater Charlotte area the art of tackling. 

"We dont want them to make decisions based on fear. We want them to make decisions based on good coaching and technique," explained Stephanie Rivera, former WNBA coach and wife of Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera.  

The mother of two participated and coached drills, as well as sat on a panel that addressed parents' concerns about football safety. 

The Heads Up Football Moms' Safety Football Clinic, created by USA Football, aims to help mothers better understand how proper technique and education can prevent player injuries.

USA Football master trainers will give local youth football coaches and players safety skill training for free. If you're interested, visit the web site.

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