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The American Football Coaches Association is teaming with the Jason Foundation in a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of teen suicide.

The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention. The Nashville, Tenn.-based foundation makes a wide range of informative, educational materials, and programs available to parents, teachers, youth workers, and others who are concerned about the alarming statistics that link the country's next generations and suicide.

"The Jason Foundation will work with the AFCA to educate our members about the crisis of teen suicide," said AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. "Surveys show that coaches and educators are the two groups most likely to be alerted by teenagers that a friend is considering suicide.

"We believe that our 10,000-plus members can make a difference in combating this epidemic and will support the Jason Foundation in its educational efforts."

The AFCA's involvement came about as a result of University of Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer's work with the foundation. Fulmer has been a member of the AFCA's Board of Trustees since 1996 and is the 2003 AFCA President.

Founded in 1997, The Jason Foundation is the result of a deep commitment to prevention grown out of personal grief. Its Founder/President, Clark Flatt, lost his own youngest son, Jason, to this silent epidemic and now dedicates his energies to saving teens in peril.

"We're excited to be involved with the AECA," Flatt said. "Coaches can make a difference in this battle and we're honored to have the AFCA as a partner."
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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