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