District 8

The Taylor Hooton Foundation

The average age that our children begin taking dietary supplements is 10.8 years old. Few people realize that these products are unregulated - that no one is verifying that what's on the label of the container is what is in that container. As a result, some are spiked with banned substances like anabolic steroids, stimulants, and other contaminants.

Parents, coaches and volunteers should be aware of the prevalence of the use of anabolic steroids and other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) among today's young athletes. The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete and former Little Leaguer from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003, after using anabolic steroids.

The primary mission of the Taylor Hooton Foundation is education. Little League has partnered with the THF to help parents educate themselves on the dangers of APEDs through an online education course.

Taylor Hooton Course

Parent Connection Newsletter talks about APEDs

Taylor Hooton Foundation