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We created the #PledgeToProtect to educate players, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and anyone involved with youth football on how to protect from abdominal injuries.

Abdominal injuries in football, particularly youth football, are more common than most people realize. They can cause serious damage to the ribs, spleen, liver and other organs, and they have even led to death for some. We hope the sport would take these risks seriously and protect our kids.

By joining the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s national #PledgetoProtect campaign, you are potentially saving lives and encouraging action for better, more-widespread protection to prevent these traumatic injuries.

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Taylor’s Legacy

The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after a traumatic abdominal’ injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008.

The Foundation builds and recognizes youth leaders and promotes youth sport safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen.

We provide awareness, education and abdominal injury protection to secondary aged schools and leagues in contact sports, through its YESS© Program (Youth Equipment for Sports Safety). The Foundation also recognizes and supports outstanding scholar-athletes with scholarships and awards.

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The Taylor Haugen Story

In his short 15 ½ years, Taylor Reid Haugen left an indelible mark on the community through his living faith and compassion for his friends, team, community, organizations and church. “T”, as he was known, was well-respected by his peers, teachers, congregation and family as an upbeat, positive, selfless yet self-confident young man whose, two passions were Jesus and football. T was a natural leader among his friends and teammates, a mentor to the young and a positive influence and inspiration to all who knew him and of him.

Taylor loved and played all sports, but his favorite was football and his position was wide-receiver. He often stayed after practice and trained on weekends with the quarterbacks, in order to improve his routes and receptions – he always went the extra yard, his personal motto being, “Never Quit and Never Give Up.”

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