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N.Y. Assemblyman Wants to Ban Tackle Football For Kids 13 and Younger

A New York State assemblyman wants to widen the scope of his proposed ban on young children playing tackle football.

Michael Benedetto, a Democrat from the Bronx, sponsored a bill this past February to ban tackle football for kids ten years old and under. Now, the fifth-term legislator wants to expand that ban to 13-year-olds on the grounds that the risk tackle football poses to children’s brains is too grave.

He also intends to introduce a similar ban on heading – the use of one’s head to strike a soccer ball – for the same age group.

Benedetto’s bill has little in the way of support and no co-sponsors in the state senate. 


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