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FEB 2017

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January 2017 4 I spent the first half of my college life planning for a career in education. Edu- cation was my Plan B, devised on the assumption that my passion for writing and reporting might fade. I had a deep-rooted desire to arm individuals with information they could use to make life just a little bit better. I just presumed my chosen method of delivery would eventually morph from newspapers to the classroom. But the more time I spent learning journalism as a craft, the more I understood it has weathered the tests of time because of its commitment to disseminate information to the masses in an objective way, presenting both sides of the story. Everyone understands the power of knowledge. It's the core of what we use to make decisions and conclusions on the questions posed by life. I was reminded of the power of knowledge as millions gathered around the world on Super Bowl Sunday. For some, the game is just an excuse to get together with friends. For many, it's the joy of watching their team play for a championship. For more than a few youngsters, it's the birth of a dream. But with more and more information coming to light about concussions, football has taken a hit. Leaders have focused on ways to make the game a safer place, especially for youth. And that's a good thing. As long as you've done your research, digging into the latest information available, you can draw your own conclusions on whether you decide to play football or let your children play. Football will survive or die based on those conclusions. The game most likely will evolve from the one we watch today, especially for younger play- ers. Information is crucial for evolution. Eventually in my college days, I left behind the idea of teaching when I got caught up in the life of journalism: the classroom has no boundaries and the roster of students is vast. SportsEvents is published monthly by Covey Communications Corp., P.O. Box 2267, Gulf Shores, AL 36547. It is mailed under standard mail rates. POSTMASTER: CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED TO SportsEvents Subscription Office, P.O. Box 16868, North Hollywood, CA 91615. Editorial ideas and manuscripts are welcomed. However, all unsolicited manuscripts and photographs must be sent with return postage; otherwise SportsEvents cannot be responsible for returning them. Copyright 2017 by Covey Communications Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly forbidden. EXECUTIVE OFFICES 2001 West First Street Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (251) 968-5300 / Fax (251) 968-4532 102 South Tejon Street Suite 1100 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 644-7000 MAILING ADDRESS P. O. Box 2267 Gulf Shores, AL 36547 E-MAIL WEBSITE PUBLISHER J. Talty O'Connor EXECUTIVE EDITOR John Rezell DIRECTOR OF SALES Shellie Kichler MARKETING SERVICES Kelsey O'Connor MANAGER MARKETING & Kayla Head COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER DESIGN SERVICES Kelly Williams MANAGER MANAGER, TRAFFIC Stephanie Eckman & PROMOTIONS FINANCE MANAGER Mandi Morrison CIRCULATION MANAGER Ashley Brokowsky CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Marcia Bradford Selena Chavis Tammy Leytham Beth Kujawski Michelle Ryan Paige Townley T. Wayne Waters EDITORIAL Jon Butler, ADVISORY BOARD Pop Warner Little Scholars Sally Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports Jamie Adams, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Alicia McConnell, U.S. Olympic Committee James Parker, Amateur Athletic Union Don Ruedlinger, Youth Basketball of America Jon Schmieder, CSEE Huddle Up Group LETTERS FROM THE SANDBOX The Impact of Information Raz aka John Rezell Executive Editor

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