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MEDIA ADVISORY: Tennessee Department of Health, Partners Launch Safe Stars to Promote Youth Sports Safety

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 11:50am

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Michael Warren, MD, MPH will join other state officials and community partners at Bridgestone Arena May 2, 2018 to kick off the new Safe Stars initiative to recognize Tennessee youth sports leagues with high standards of safety for athletes.

TDH will host a reception beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Lexus Lounge at Bridgestone Arena to launch the initiative and announce the first Tennessee youth sports leagues to earn Safe Stars recognition.

The goal of Safe Stars is to provide resources and opportunities for every youth sports league to enhance safety standards. Safe Stars offers three levels of recognition: gold, silver and bronze, and involves implementation of policies around topics such as concussion education, weather safety and injury prevention.

Safe Stars is a collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Health and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additional partners include the National Football League Players Association Middle TN Chapter; Nashville Predators; Nashville Sounds; Memphis Grizzlies; Tennessee Medical Association and the TN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Who:                      Michael Warren, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, TDH

                                Alex B. Diamond, DO, MPH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

                                Allen Sills, MD, Chief Medical Officer, National Football League

                                Ross Browner, President, NFL Players Association Middle TN Chapter

                                Cody Hodgson, Nashville Predators Former Centerman

                                Zach Jackson, Ford Ice Center Senior Hockey Manager, Nashville Predators

                                Deanna Bell, MD, FAAP, TN Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

                                Sherry L. Robbins, MD, Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians

                                Mary Nell Bryan, President, Children’s Hospital Alliance of Tennessee

What:                    Safe Stars Kickoff

When:                    Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.

Where:                   Bridgestone Arena, Lexus Lounge 501 Broadway Nashville, Tennessee 37203