Backed by members of both parties, Rep. [crscore]Cedric Richmond[/crscore] introduced the High School Safety Study Act to Congress on Thursday.
Since July, 11 high school football players have passed away — with the most recent case occurring on Tuesday — and the bill is intended “to study the causes” of these deaths, “and deliver recommendations about how to prevent these tragedies in the future.” (RELATED: High School Football Player Dies After Collapsing During Playoff Game)
“Our children are our greatest national treasure, and protecting them is paramount in our work in Congress,” Richmond said in a press release sent to the Daily Caller. “It is our responsibility to ensure that we leave no stone unturned to make the game as safe as possible for young people and prevent these tragedies from happening in the future.”
Additionally, co-sponsor Rep. [crscore]Bobby Rush[/crscore] stated that “no child should suffer a deadly accident or injury while participating in high school sports.”
Rep. [crscore]Ralph Abraham[/crscore] — another co-sponsor — added that the bill is not meant to keep our nation’s youth from playing football and merely seeks to uncover the “root causes of such incidents so that we can better protect our children while preserving the game we love.” (RELATED: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh: Football Is ‘As Safe As The Sport Has Ever Been’)