To put her mind at ease, Franklin showed her the kind of helmet Andre was wearing. It was newer, with better padding than the older models, he said. More expensive, but worth it.
“We’re all about safety here,” he said. “Parents don’t want to worry, so they want to see that you’re being safe.”
Sumpter’s son, Kwest, 12, had a concussion a couple of weeks ago. At first he just seemed a bit groggy, but over the next few days it was clear something was seriously wrong. He could not remember his teacher’s name, or his locker combination. “That got me shook up,” she said.
His memory quickly returned, and on Sunday he returned to the field. Sumpter said she tries to push her worries aside. Football is good for her son, she said, and teaches him good lessons.
“It wouldn’t be right to make him stop because he got hurt just once,” she said. “It is football. Kids are going to get banged up.”