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Why communities of color are embracing youth tackle football despite safety concerns



Amna Nawaz:

Last night’s Super Bowl, with more than 100 million viewers expected, capped a major year for the NFL. In 2023, NFL games accounted for 93 of the 100 most watched TV programs.

But the risks of the game have been well-documented. And, for some, that’s changed how they see kids tackle football. For others, including in the town of Lexington, Mississippi, the commitment to youth football remains high.

This report comes to us from and Shirley Povich and Howard Centers of Journalism at the University of Maryland, and the student correspondent is Sapna Bansil.

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