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TeachAids Founder and CEO Dr. Piya Sorcar Named To USA Football Education Advisory Council

SOURCE: USA Football

INDIANAPOLIS – February 2, 2021 - USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), announced today that DR. PIYA SORCAR, TeachAids founder and CEO and Stanford School of Medicine Adjunct Affiliate, has been named to its Education Advisory Council. The council is one of three that provide the organization leadership and assistance in its efforts to create, maintain and deliver valuable resources and support to youth football leagues and coaches.
USA Football’s Education Advisory Council advises on the best methods and strategies to implement education and curriculum spanning early childhood through adult learning, further advancing the organization’s work across grassroots levels of the sport.
 
"I am delighted to join such a world-class education advisory council," said Dr. Sorcar. "USA Football has demonstrated an extraordinary level of care for young athletes and offers industry-leading educational tools. TeachAids' collaboration with USA Football in recent years has been extremely productive in advancing athlete education and safety, which I look forward to leveraging in my work with my new fellow council members.”
 
Dr. Sorcar is the founder and CEO of TeachAids, a non-profit social impact venture and USA Football partner that designs and develops research-based educational technology applications to address persistent problems in global health education. Its CrashCourse curriculum, a research-based virtual reality application to educate youth athletes about concussions in sports, is part of USA Football’s nationally accredited Coach Certification and is distributed through other national sports organizations such as the USOPC. Dr. Sorcar’s full bio is linked here.
 
“Strengthened by the addition of Dr. Sorcar, the forward-thinking work of our Education Council coupled with the fitness and unifying power of our sport are especially important for our youth today,” USA Football CEO & Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK said. “For the good of our young athletes and their families, it’s inspiring and significant to have subject matter experts like these in our USA Football family.”
 
Education Advisory Council
 
·       *Dr. Paul Roetert, Managing Director, United States Tennis Association
·       Donald Davis, Head Coach & Teacher, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)
·       Carla Garrett, Director of Operations, Southwest Virginia American Youth Football
·       Ken Martel, American Development Model (ADM) Technical Director, USA Hockey
·       Ed Roldan, Youth Coach & Board Member, Southeast Bronx (N.Y.) Youth Coalition
·       Audrey Shaw, TrueSport Outreach & Education Program Lead, United States Anti-Doping Agency
·       Dr. Piya Sorcar, Founder & CEO, TeachAids; Adjunct Affiliate, Stanford School of Medicine
·       Dr. Mark Urtel, Dept. of Kinesiology Chair & Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
*Committee Chair
 
More than 700,000 USA Football Youth Coach Certifications have been completed in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and 10 foreign countries across four continents since 2012. In addition, USA Football has conducted more than 1,300 in-person coaching clinics for nearly 50,000 volunteer coaches from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries since 2010. USA Football was the first U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee member organization to earn the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Youth Sports Safety Ambassador Award in 2016 for its commitment to safer and smarter play.
 
About USA Football
 
USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.

 

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