YOUTH EQUIPMENT FOR SPORTS SAFETY
Educate students, parents and the community on the risks associated with abdominal injuries and prevention within contact sports
Equip middle and high school students with the highest quality protective abdominal sports equipment commonly available only to college and professional athletes
Promote abdominal protection and safety equipment to all secondary youth athletes/parents/coaches
AS OF JULY 2016 WE HAVE PROTECTED
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Most middle school and high school students and parents simply do not know the quality of equipment available to Collegiate and Professional athletes today. This, high-end equipment, is cutting edge. It can better protect athletes from injuries, and yes, it tends to be more expensive than traditional protective gear.
The vision of the YESS© Program is to raise awareness and educate about this next generation of Abdominal Injury Protection equipment, how it is made available for their team, and to facilitate access to this cutting edge equipment.
On August 30, 2008, a fifteen-year-old football player from Niceville High School sustained what proved to be a fatal injury during the ‘kick-off classic’ game. His death was caused by massive internal bleeding from a torn liver caused from impact injuries. To honor his memory and his unique character, Taylor’s close friends and community leaders created the Taylor Haugen Foundation. Over the last 7+ years, The Foundation has continued to recognize exceptional student athletes; leaders who emulate T’s very best qualities and his personal motto of Don’t Quit-Never Give Up.
In 2011, upon hearing of another young football player who suffered similar injuries, the Haugen’s felt compelled to expand the Foundation’s reach by delving into the area of youth sports safety. This led to the development of the YESS Program. The primary mission of the Youth Equipment for Sports Safety Program (YESS©) is to reduce the number of sports-related injuries in middle and high school athletes within our area and nationally.
Don’t Quit Never Give Up.Taylor Haugen