What is the YESS PROGRAM©
The mission of the Youth Equipment for Sports Safety Program (YESS©) is to educate and equip student athletes with new generation, high-tech equipment to help better protect against abdominal injuries.
We provide awareness of and equip youth contact sports teams with the same technologically advanced abdominal protective gear worn by professional and collegiate athletes.
By working directly with school administrators, the THF Board of Directors actively participates in a variety of meetings and activities to present the benefits of wearing sports safety equipment. Through collaboration with vendors, the YESS Program provides interested secondary schools and leagues with “state of the art” abdominal safety equipment.
YESS PROGRAM History
On August 30, 2008, a fifteen-year-old football player from Niceville High School sustained what proved to be a fatal liver injury during the school’s ‘kick-off classic’ game. Taylor Haugen’s death was caused by massive internal bleeding, the result of a torn liver sustained from impact injuries. To honor his memory and his unique character, Taylor’s close friends, family and community leaders created the course toward an official “Taylor Haugen Foundation.” Since its creation, The Foundation has continued to recognize exceptional student athletes; leaders who emulate T’s very best qualities and his personal motto of “Don’t Quit-Never Give Up”.
In 2011, upon hearing of another young football player who suffered similar injuries, the Haugen’s felt compelled to expand the Foundation’s reach by delving into the area of youth sports safety. This led to the development of the YESS© Program. The primary mission of the Youth Equipment for Sports Safety Program (YESS©) to educate and equip student athletes with new generation, high-tech equipment to help better protect against abdominal injuries.
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The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student, Taylor Haugen, who passed away after a traumatic liver injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008.
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