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Staff Report

The Taylor Haugen Foundation (THF) was created to honor the memory of Taylor Haugen, a 15-year-old Niceville High (Fla.) football player who died in 2008 after sustaining an injury to his liver during a game. The THF created the Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) program, which outfits middle and high school teams with abdominal protective gear.

The THF formed a partnership with NFL quarterback Drew Stanton of the Arizona Cardinals. With the help of Stanton, the foundation was able to outfit Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Ariz., with EvoSheild Rib Shirts.

To learn more about the YESS program, visit

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