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This NCPA-sponsored bill would establish and enforce health and safety standards to prevent athlete abuse, serious injury, and death in college sports. The NCPA seeks to establish this as a model to protect players nationwide.

The NCPA's College Athlete Protection Act was approved by the California Assembly yesterday with bipartisan support! The bill now moves on to the Senate where the colleges will mount strong opposition. Together, we can get this bill signed into law! California residents and current/former college athletes and family members, please copy, edit, sign, and email the letter of support to info@ncpanow.org to help protect college athletes!

This bill will do what the NCAA refuses to do to protect college athletes. It would establish a commission to adopt and enforce health and safety standards to minimize serious injuries and stamp out player mistreatment and abuse. A special thank you to Marshall and Janie Ross, Rick Gama, Tim Nevius, Bob DeMars, the United Steelworkers, the NFLPA, and the current and former college athletes submitting letters and meeting with lawmakers to support this bill!

Letter of support:

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[Date]

The Honorable Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 319-2180

RE: Support AB 1435

Dear Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher,

[Introduce yourself and background i.e. former athlete, concerned citizen, etc.] I am writing in support of Assembly Bill 1435, which will establish the College Athlete Protection Commission and the College Athlete Protection Act. This legislation will protect all California college and university athletes participating in intercollegiate athletic programs.

California college athletes face unnecessary health and safety risks due to the lack of best practices requirements to prevent serious injury and death. It is important to maintain safeguards and ensure compliance when it comes to traumatic brain injury, heat stroke, misuse of pain medications, and other high-risk areas associated with college athletics. In addition, the state should act to help prevent and properly address player mistreatment and abuse.

[Please detail your specific interest in this bill.]

For these reasons, I support Assembly Bill 1435.

Sincerely,

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