As parents judge the emotional, physical and mental readiness of their children, a multitude of factors come into play when weighing the risks and rewards of a contact sport, including the chance of injury versus the change to develop important skills such as leadership, commitment and teamwork.
Eric Villasenor is head coach at C.C. Winn High School in Eagle Pass, Texas. He has seen the game he loves evolve quickly since he began his coaching career 15 years ago.
Teammates are like brothers, coaches are father figures, and the game is passed from one generation to the next.
Football is not just like family in the figurative sense, either. The connection is also quite literal.
Talented athletes from every corner of the country traveled to this week’s International Bowl in Arlington, Texas. They came from huge metropolises and tiny hamlets.
And they have made it with the help of their families.
Football is a sport that offers more than just the fun and excitement that goes on between the white lines. The game provides participants a practical life skills that players carry with them long after their days are over.
For parents whose children are just beginning their experience in the sport, it is these rewards they must weigh against the risk of injury. Each parent must come to a decision whether a son or daughter will play.
In 2009, football greats Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris once again stood at the crossroads of history. Neither Harris, the first black quarterback to be named a starter, nor Williams, the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl as a starter, were strangers to history. The two pioneers wanted to find a way to preserve some of their collective football heritage.
Both were players at Grambling University under legendary head coach Eddie Robinson.
Football has fast become America’s national sport. There is a love affair with the gridiron that stretches from the shores of Maine to the golden coasts of California, from the forests of Washington to the swamps of Florida. Every state seems to love football at every level.
As Hispanics become one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing populations, more and more have begun to take up the sport each year. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, USA Football looks back at some of the most i...
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At times, almost all families need a little help with money.
Providing that help is the idea behind “universal basic income,” which would make everyone in a certain place eligible to receive a regular monthly stipend from a collected pool of money.
The 42% Latino city of Stockton, Calif, will soon be the first major U.S. city to test it out for real.
The link between housing and health is undeniable.
Many Latinos and other minorities lack affordable housing options in their big-city neighborhoods, which impacts everything from their overall health to their education and income.
Latina philanthropist and actress Eva Longoria is pushing for more affordable housing.
Longoria recently visited San Antonio, Texas (68% Latino) to discuss the topic and tour an affordable housing complex being remodeled by Turner Impact Capital.
The importance of quality healthcare is essential to obtaining a better education, achieving sustained professional success, and long-term financial stability.
Good health starts when you’re a kid and right now, millions of kids across the country depend on two government-sponsored health insurance programs: Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In 1949, at a gathering of Texas sportswriters, the idea of creating a Hall of Fame to honor the state’s greatest athletes was first brought up. Two years, later, the idea became a reality. Baseball great – and Hubbard, Texas native – Tris Speaker was the inaugural inductee.
A physical “home” for the Hall was finally created by legendary sportsman Lamar Hunt in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1981. It would close in 1986, and ultimately reopen in its new home in Waco, Texas in 1993.
At the beginning of each season, coaches and teams set down a list of goals and invariably one of the top ones on that list is going undefeated in district play.
For East Central Head Coach Ian Ward and his team, that goal unfortunately will go unrealized. The week started with a 56-41 victory over Smithson Valley to bring their district record to 4-0, before the visiting Lady Hornets dropped a close Jan. 5 game to district rival Judson by a final score of 65-61.
Head Coach James Rabon’s message to his East Central Hornets as they started into the gauntlet that is district play was a very simple one: Be aggressive.
On Jan. 2, the Hornets traveled to Spring Branch to tangle with district rival Smithson Valley. Heeding their coach’s message, the visiting Hornets scrapped the entire game and pulled out a 61-54 win to bring their overall record to 9-10, 1-1 in district play.
More than 8.7 million people signed up for healthcare coverage during the recent Open Enrollment period that ended on Dec. 15, 2017, a promising number despite a shorter signup period than previous years.
Of the 8.7 million signups, 2.4 million were new enrollments and 6.3 were re-enrollments, according to federal data.
This care helps ensure their physical, mental, and emotional health and helps to keep them on track toward a better chance at academic success.
Latino kids have especially benefited from CHIP program. More than 9 in 10 Latino kids were covered by CHIP in 2015, research shows.
Yet CHIP remains in jeopardy.
Growing up in Texas, Cameron Allen knew he wanted to be a teacher.
How could Allen be the best teacher possible in Texas? Where could he make the most impact?
He got a higher education in both English and Spanish—an effort that planted a “seed” for his desire to help Spanish-speakers of all ages gain a path to better, healthier lives.
Growing the seeds of knowledge
Allen began his collegiate career studying early childhood education at UT Austin in 2002.