Thank you again for your support and commitment to St. Raphael Youth Football! This organization has been such an amazing youth football program because of the wonderful families, positive coaching, commitment to safety and our dedicated volunteers. We truly couldn't run this program without you all so again, we thank you!
We are excited to announce the passing of the SRF torch to a new executive board. We have been blessed with an executive board that has been committed to supporting this program and volunteering their time for numerous years! I want to thank Paul O'Toole, Bill Takahashi, and Rob Ryan for your many years of service on the board. Paul has been coaching and running the executive board as President for over 30 years! Bill has been coaching, commissioner of our Catholic division and Vice President of SRF for the past 16 years and Rob has been sitting as the Treasurer on the SRF executive board for over 15 years! These 3 men will be missed dearly and we are so incredibly proud to have had their volunteer service for so many years.
I am happy to introduce our new President, Tom Jurjovec! Tom has been a Head Coach and Commissioner with the SRF program for multiple years and his children are currently playing football with SRF. Mike Czuba will be the Vice President of the executive board and was a wonderful addition to our coaching staff in our travel feeder program. Jay Naffziger will be our new Treasurer. Jay has been coaching and a commissioner with SRF for many years and will be a huge addition to the executive board!
“Football is more than a game; it moves you in a positive direction, developing a sense of team and a sense of community, which will help you take your place in the world as a dependable member of society.” - Jim Brown, Founder, St. Raphael Football
Thank you all for making St. Raphael Football great and keeping Jim Brown's vision for the program going strong.
St. Raphael Youth Football
It stuns me that certain politicians are comparing the unfortunate CTE issues experienced by former NFL football players to youth players enjoying a great team sport with their friends . . .
Some factors that should be considered when evaluating the current state of youth football:
NFL Football Pre-2010:
Youth Football Post-2010:
I am also saddened by the procedural unfairness of the most recent news-grabbing committee vote in the State of Illinois legislature where many opponents of the current proposal to ban youth football were not given enough notice of the proceeding to testify. Most notably, as reported by the Associated Press . . .
Dr. Cynthia LaBella, sports medicine director at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, submitted written testimony arguing there is no evidence that eliminating tackle football would prevent CTE. Lurie Hospital is taking no position on the legislation's merits but urges lawmakers to consider alternatives to prohibiting traditional youth football. "Injuries are more likely to occur when improper and illegal technique, such as spear tackling, is used," LaBella wrote. "As such, efforts should be made to improve the teaching of proper tackling technique and enforce existing rules."
No experience teaches the benefits of hard work, discipline, self-sacrifice and teamwork more than youth football. Additionally, lost in all of this political rhetoric is the fact that it’s just plain fun for kids to play!
Finally, on a personal note, my son Riley would easily count his experience playing football as one of the most influential and positive in his life. He played youth football for St. Raphael, high school at Naperville Central and went on to play a year at NIU. He did suffer one concussion . . . playing basketball on the playground at Scott School in 3rd grade!
Yours in football,
President, St, Raphael Football, Inc.
A non-profit organization in Naperville, IL which provides a positive and nurturing football program to players from 6 to 14 years old.
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