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Falcons 'swoop' in to Moultrie

Former Atlanta Falcon, Moultrie Native Antonio Edwards Former Atlanta Falcon, Moultrie Native Antonio Edwards
Trish Lirio, Principal of J. M. Odom Elementary Trish Lirio, Principal of J. M. Odom Elementary
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Some Atlanta Falcons stopped by a couple of South Georgia schools Tuesday. They're raising awareness about concussions in sports with students.

Sports keep kids active and healthy, but with sports, comes injury and sometimes concussions, something that can take down even the toughest of athletes.

"Not just here in South Georgia, but all over the nation, everybody is talking about this and we're just wanting to bring awareness, especially to my students," said Trish Lirio, Principal. "The earlier we can get them to understand it, the better for them."

George Wallace, a Pop Warner coordinator and father to a young football player, knows the dangers.  That's why he reached out to the Atlanta Falcons to take part in the NFL Play 60 program, designed to tackle childhood obesity, safely.

"Just teaching them safe techniques, in a safe way. Safe drills," said Wallace.

"When I played earlier, we didn't know a lot about concussions," said Antonio Edwards, Former Atlanta Falcon and Moultrie Native. "So, It's kind of great that the NFL and other people are paying more attention to the risk of concussions and head injuries among young kids."

The former Falcon and some Tifton Firebirds taught students at JM Odom Elementary and JR Stringfellow Elementary in Moultrie several fundamental drills, including how to make a safe landing.

"If you start them off small and raise them up teaching them the proper way to play football, It carries over to the field later on," said Edwards.

Skills they'll could help them soar their way to the top. They're next stop is in Albany. They'll be at Phoebe Healthworks gym Tuesday night at 6 for kids in Dougherty County.

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