The University of Miami football team just announced a "year-long partnership with the American Youth Football League (AYFL)'' for youth 13 and younger in Broward County.
And leave it to head coach Mark Richt to be right in the middle of it, spreading his community service and good will and ultimately leaving South Floridians, in turn, feeling good about Hurricanes football.
In UM's release, it said the partnership begins at 6:30 Monday at PAL Field in Plantation with the first of two coaches' clinics. Richt and other assistants will be there to instruct AYFL youth coaches.
"I couldn't be more excited about this partnership,'' Richt said in the release. "Through this partnership, we will be able to give kids and coaches the proper instruction they need to help advance their skills. This is a great opportunity to get out into the community and speak to some of our youth football programs in the AYFL. I'm looking forward to this clinic and to visiting other youth teams in parks throughout the tri-county area in the near future.''
The partnership, UM said, "will provide coaches of the AYFL with a customized concussion protocol in collaboration with UHealth Sports Medicine to assist coaches with overall safety.''
Members of the AYFL will attend the Canes' game against FAU on Sept. 10 as part of the partnership.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN