Brentwood Blaze is set to kick off its youth football and cheer programs this July. Running through the last week of October, it’s a big draw for boys and girls aged 5 to 12, and its rosters tends to fill up fast.
In addition to teaching skills, fostering discipline and team spirit, and providing fun, the nonprofit organization focuses first on safety. “The biggest thing that Blaze does is everything is age, size and skill appropriate,” says Don Borgeson, head coach and board member. “For football, we actually have an NFL-college rated helmet that’s designed to prevent concussions, and this year, we've replaced everything, including shoulder pads, with the latest state-of-the-art equipment to prevent injuries.”
He also explains all of the group's coaches complete comprehensive training through the National Alliance for Youth Sports, and are certified and trained in fundamental aspects of football safety, injury prevention and injury recognition. This Brentwood program started in 1991.