WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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152 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 M A U R A W A Y M A N living with kids relationships parenting life lessons emotional growth teenage years growing up Kids Playing Football J U L I E S U T H E R L A N D writer family matters "There is a perception out there that youth football is unsafe. I would tell you that it depends on your brand of football." — Justin Maiona, President, Wellesley Youth Football in the summer of 2014 my then 10-year-old son Sam, a flag football player, asked to play "real" football. Fall was approaching. Sports sign-ups were circulating. I sent my husband, Rand, an email asking for his thoughts. His response was to send a link to PBS's Frontline spe- cial "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis." Flag football it was. Fast forward another year. We'd had time to continue thinking about this. Rand and I dis- cussed, weighed the pros and cons, and thought about the fact that Sam's soccer career was rapidly nearing its end. He needed a new fall sport.

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