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Date: Saturday Feb 24th, 2018  

Time: 12 noon

Location: Orange County Hilton/Costa Mesa

Confirmed Speakers

Stelian Onufrei, US Congress Republican Candidate

Dr. Mark McElroy, Head Football Coach, Saddleback Junior College

Stephen Cooper, former San Diego Charger linebacker 

Bert Esposito, President, Southern California Football Coaches Association 

Michael Wagner, So Cal Conference Pop Warner, Executive Commissioner


Southern California Football Coaches Association

Southern California Pop Warner

Southern Marin Football

Pop Warner National Office

USA Football


Does CTE call for an end to youth tackle football? (Star Tribune)

Save California football? Proposal to ban tackling before high school creates uproar (Sacramento Bee)

Be Skeptical: Will 99% of NFL Players Really Develop CTE? (American Council on Science and Health)

I know about concussion risks. Here’s why I let my 8-year-old play tackle football anyway. (Washington Post)

USA Football: Let Parents, not lawmakers, decide whether kids should play tackle football  (USA Today)

Letting Your Kids Play Football Isn’t As Crazy As It Sounds (Huffington Post)

I’m a brain scientist and I let my son play football (Yahoo Sports)

3 reasons why your child should play youth football (USA Football)

Girls’ soccer, basketball players have higher concussion rates than male counterparts (Washington Post)

Brain Trauma Scientists Turn Their Attention To Soccer (

What’s Worse For Your Brain – Drinking or Playing Football? (Daily Beast)

His Death Came After A Motorcycle Accident, but was CTE really to blame? (LA Times)  

Pop Warner Is Facing a Class-Action Lawsuit Over Concussions (New York Times)

Girls’ soccer, basketball players have higher concussion rates than male counterparts (Washington Post)

National Pop Warner Statement on California Initiative (Pop Warner website)

Youth Football Under Attack (Southern California Pop Warner website)

Is football really alone among our sports spectacles in killing our children? (

Association of Playing High School Football With Cognition and Mental Health Later in Life (JAMA Network Journal)

23 Youth Sports Concussion Statistics (

Research shows promising results for a device designed to protect athletes from sports-related brain injuries: Experimental neck collar inspired by woodpeckers and bighorn sheep (ScienceDaily)

Cannabis use is associated with increased CCL11 plasma levels in young healthy volunteers (NCBI)

Football and CTE: fear overshadows facts (Yahoo sports)

Participation in Pre-High School Football and Neurological, Neuroradiological, and Neuropsychological Findings in Later Life: A Study of 45 Retired National Football League Players (American Journal of Sports Medicine)


Dr. Uzma Samadani – Risk vs Reward of Youth & HS Football – USA Football Conference (USA Football)

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