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2nd Annual "Giving Tuesday" Appeal

2nd Annual "Giving Tuesday" Appeal

November 27, 2018


Today is "Giving Tuesday."  We, the undersigned, have eagerly kicked off Practice Like Pros' second annual "Giving Tuesday" appeal.  We've each contributed $1000 and we respectfully ask you to donate whatever you can.

Practice Like Pros is a thoroughly unique, grass-roots, urgently needed, national movement to reduce needless injury in high school football.  When founder Terry O'Neil asked our help one year ago, he promised to make 20 appearances around the country.  Instead, he booked 40 appearances (see below), and took along co-presenters such as Archie Manning, Buddy Teevens, Dick Vermeil and Sam Wyche.

Practice Like Pros is on the verge of revolutionizing high school football practice, all the while preserving the integrity of our beloved game on gameday. PLP has persuaded New Jersey officials to reduce practice contact to historically low levels, and pushed the process near approval in several other states.  This is fabulous news for the nation's one million high school players and their families. 

"Giving Tuesday" is PLP's only fund-raiser of the year.  If you agree with us, please mail your check to:

Practice Like Pros P.O. Box 1066 Weston, CT  06883

Practice Like Pros is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charity, EN #46-2994162.  Accordingly, your donation is 100% tax deductible.  Practice Like Pros will mail a hard-copy acknowledgement on its letterhead.

Thanks for considering,

Jim Lynch, LB, Notre Dame (captain) 1964-66, Kansas City Chiefs 1967-77, Super Bowl champion Archie Manning, QB, Ole Miss 1968-70, New Orleans Saints 1971-82, College Football Hall of Fame inductee Tom O'Leary, DB, Notre Dame 1964-66, National Champion 1966

Dividends in Connecticut

PLP's work in Connecticut is paying dividends.  Terry O'Neil presented earlier this month to the Football Committee of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).  Meanwhile, note this story from Sunday's Hartford Courant, featuring Regional Hebron, Andover, Marlborough (RHAM) High School of Hebron, CT.  Under Coach Robert Rubin, RHAM "practiced like pros" this season and finished 8-2, best record in school history.

Great Season for Favorite Programs

Here's a season-end report on four of our favorite programs:

  • New Canaan (CT) High School went 8-2 and begins Connecticut state playoffs this evening.  In June, New Canaan became the first high school program ever to play its spring game in thud format.  Coach Lou Marinelli, most successful coach in Connecticut history with a career record of 348-105-7 and 12 state titles, has become a staunch PLP advocate nationwide.

  • Miami (FL) Palmetto High went 10-2 and reached the quarterfinals in 8A, Florida's highest classification.  The Panthers practice with no full contact in regular season and, since adopting PLP methods three seasons ago, show a record of 27-6 with only one concussion.

  • American Heritage School of Plantation, FL, was also 10-2.  Coach Pat Surtain Sr., practices his squad exactly as he learned during an 11-year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs.  In three seasons at American Heritage, Surtain is 37-2 with two state championships in Florida 5A.

  • At the college level, Dartmouth finished second in the Ivy League with an overall record of 9-1.  Coach Buddy Teevens is 41-12 in his last 53 games.  These are season-end FCS national rankings for his defense, the only defense in football that never tackles live in spring, pre-season or regular-season practice.

First Down Defense: 7th Red Zone Defense: 3rd Rushing Defense: 4th Scoring Defense: 2nd Total Defense: 5th

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