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The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and MindGame have formed a partnership to help protect high school student-athletes. The Section is the governing body for high school sports, with its geographic boundaries stretching from Merced in the south, Grass Valley in the north, Napa to the west and the Nevada state line to the east.

MindGame is an organization dedicated to concussion education, baseline neurocognitive testing and access to care for youth athletes.

A few weeks ago, the Sac-Joaquin Section Board of Managers voted unanimously to form this partnership.

The Sac-Joaquin Section provides oversight to the athletic programs in nearly 200 high schools and said that creating this partnership is the exact step needed to take in order to further protect student-athletes.

“This is the exact right thing to do … for kids, for parents, for our member schools. We are thrilled to partner with MindGame and look forward to staying ahead of this issue and providing crucial education and treatment that our young student-athletes need,” Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco said in a press release.

MindGame, formerly known as the Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium, was co-founded by Dr. Catherine Broomand in an attempt to bring professional-level concussion care, treatment and education to high schools. With the full support of various partners in the health and financial institution sectors, MindGame tested its services in a dozen schools over the past year, including several schools from the Sac-Joaquin Section. High school student-athletes were administered a baseline test (called IMPACT) and then tracked over the course of their athletic participation.

Together, the SJS and MindGame have a goal to bring the program to every school and every athlete.

“We simply cannot afford to let this issue linger. There is too much on the line, and our parents and student-athletes are counting on us,” Saco said.

The SJS oversees high school athletics for 197 schools and 225,000 students. The Section is the second largest of California’s 10 athletic sections.

Cal Bears on TV

The Sonny Dykes era at UC Berkeley begins on Aug. 31 when the Bears host Northwestern at Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 will carry the game.

Television selections for Cal’s first four games of the 2013 season were announced this week by the Pac-12.

Cal’s home contest vs. Portland State on Sept. 7 will start at 2 p.m. and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks, while the Cal-Ohio State game from Berkeley on Sept. 14 will begin at 4 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on FOX.

In addition, the Bears’ first road contest of the year, at Oregon on Sept. 28, will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks with a time still to be announced.

Every Cal football game will again be televised this season.

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Shell to enter NFF Hall of Fame

Art Shell, who played at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as an offensive tackle from 1964-67, will enter the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Shell is in the 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class. The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA for induction.

A total of 144 players and coaches, counting this year's class, have been inducted from the divisional ranks, including Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Walter Payton (Jackson State), John Randle (Texas A&M-Kingsville), Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), and coach Eddie Robinson (Grambling State).

The 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be honored this summer in Atlanta, during the enshrinement ceremonies in August.

Shell was drafted by the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and became an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First Team All-Pro.

The three-time Super Bowl champion (XI, XV, XVIII) participated in 24 playoff appearances with the Raiders and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Following his playing days, he was twice named as the head coach of the Raiders.

Raiders report to Napa training camp in July

Oakland Raiders players are scheduled to report for training camp in Napa on July 25, with the first practice set for July 26 at Redwood Middle School.

The team stays at the adjacent Napa Valley Marriott.

Raiders’ Woodson on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access

Asked this week on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access on why he is back with the Oakland Raiders for one more year, veteran cornerback Charles Woodson said:

“I realized that once I was released by Green Bay that football just wasn’t out of my blood. There have been a lot of things I’ve been able to accomplish in my 15 years of playing, but I’m not done yet. I want to continue to play; I thought I would have been signed much earlier in free agency but it didn’t happen. I found myself talking to the Oakland Raiders and here I am now being able to play my 16th year back with the Oakland Raiders franchise. I’m very fortunate for that, but I knew all along that I wasn’t done playing football.”

Woodson, voted the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner out of Michigan, is the founder and owner of TwentyFour Wines. He has developed a signature wine label, TwentyFour by Charles Woodson, and gives back to the community by donating equipment to local high school football programs.

He has 12 acres of vineyards in Calistoga.

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