North Carolina High School Athletic Association

NFL, USA Football Officials Visit Wake Forest High School

         WAKE FOREST—Officials from the National Football League, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and USA Football visited NCHSAA member school Wake Forest High School on Wednesday afternoon.

         Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA, was also part of the activities on the school campus.

         Among the league officials in attendance were David Krichavsky, NFL Health and Safety Director, and Jacob Frank, NFL Health and Safety Coordinator. USA Football officials included executive director Scott Hallenback, high school coordinator Matt Ferrara, and former Concord High School head football coach E.Z. Smith, a USA Football master trainer.

         The “Heads Up” football program from USA Football is a comprehensive collection of resources, programs, applications and promotions to create change and address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth and high school football.

         The visitors from the NFL, USA Football, Commissioner Whitfield, school officials, and Wake Forest coaches and parents of players participated in a round table discussion before football practice. 

         Goodell addressed the Wake Forest players before practice began, and then the NFL officials and USA Football representatives watched practice for a while before departing.