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League Highlights

Working Together to Prevent DUIs

Each year, drunk driving kills approximately 10,000 people and injures 290,000 more.

Since 2010, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the NFL have worked together to help reduce drunk driving and remind fans to play the most valuable position in the NFL: the designated driver.

Over the last five years, more than 1.4 million fans have signed up to be designated drivers, and many NFL teams work with MADD volunteers on game day to pass out information to fans about the important role of a non-drinking designated driver and how to sign up as one.

The NFL also works with MADD to educate league and team staff as part of annual Social Responsibility education. During the 2017 season, the MADD team – in partnership with the NFL’s Player Engagement department– traveled across the country during the Rookie Transition Program to educate rookies about the dangers of drunk driving.

The NFL joins MADD in their important work to create a future of No More Victims. For more information, visit www.madd.org.

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NFL Initiatives

Don Shula Coach of the Year Award

From one great coach to another: the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history and a two-time Super Bowl champion. Nominations are submitted by the 32 clubs, and the winner is announced during the 2018 Pro Bowl. The NFL Foundation contributes $40,000 in grant awards, with the winner receiving $25,000 ($15,000 going to his school’s football program). The winner and runner-up are honored at the Pro Bowl and during Super Bowl Week. The 2017 winner was Robert Garrett, the head coach at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California.
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The NFL's Greening Efforts

Over the past 25 years, the NFL has sponsored and supported environmental projects in each Super Bowl host community. This year’s projects, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee, address the environmental impact of Super Bowl events and create a positive legacy in the host community. Solid Waste Management/Recycling: Solid waste is being diverted from landfills via recycling and material repurposing projects at facilities, including the SB Experience football theme park and the Super Bowl LIVE fan festival. New this year is a ground-breaking “Zero Waste” project in partnership with PepsiCo, SMG, and Aramark to develop a permanent waste diversion process at US Bank Stadium – a “green” legacy of SB LII. E-Waste Recycling: A public recycling rally this year set a Super Bowl record: collecting 42,000 pounds of e-waste to be responsibly recycled. Prepared Food Recovery: Extra prepared food from Super Bowl events is being donated to community agencies in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and other local food recovery organizations. Material Donation: All reusable materials from Super Bowl events are being donated to local organizations for reuse/repurposing. Materials include office supplies, equipment, building materials, signage, and decor. Super Kids – Super Sharing: Nearly 100 local schools and YMCAs collected books, sports equipment, games, and school supplies for local children in need. Used cell phones were also collected by NFL sponsor Verizon to support STEM education projects. Climate Change Initiatives: Emissions from electricity usage at all major Super Bowl venues are being offset using renewable energy certificates, while the Super Bowl LII Urban Forestry Program provided 15 community grants to plant more than 12,000 trees throughout the state. To learn more, contact Jack Groh at info@nflenvironment.com.
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NFL Player Care Foundation

The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is an independent foundation created in 2007 through a partnership among NFL owners, the NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the NFL Alumni Association. It is dedicated to helping retired NFL players improve their quality of life by addressing their medical, emotional, financial, social, and community needs. Resources and referrals to provide assistance are also identified for retired players to support these needs. Since its inception, PCF has screened more than 5,000 retired players and identified numerous medical issues that were addressed immediately, thus saving lives. In addition to hosting 10 Healthy Body & Mind screening events each year, PCF has granted more than $14.3 million to former players in need through financial grants and educational scholarships. PCF, supported by the NFL Alumni Association, is proud to partner with one of the nation’s premier medical providers – Tulane University School of Medicine – to conduct its annual Super Bowl Week Healthy Body & Mind Screening program. This complimentary national program is open to all former NFL players and includes cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education. To learn more about the work of the NFL Player Care Foundation, please visit nflplayercare.com or email Dana.Lihan@NFL.com.