The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) will honor The Ivy League with its 2012 Impact Award for the proactive stance the college football conference has taken on concussions at an October 24 dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
“The Ivy League has distinguished itself as the first and, as of yet, only conference in the nation to begin reforming contact sports in light of new traumatic brain injury research,” according to the Institute. “The Ivy League has led by passing strict concussion policies & limiting full-contact practices. The Sports Legacy Institute applauds their efforts to keep their student-athletes safe.”
In addition, the SLI will introduce the Legacy Award, a new award to be given to a family member or members of a Legacy Donor who have honored the memory of their Donor by supporting the mission & goals of SLI & the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE). The inaugural award recipients are:
Eleanor Perfetto, wife of former NFL player & Legacy Donor Ralph Wenzel, for her advocacy on behalf of athletes everywhere & for her tireless service on the Sports Legacy Institute Board of Directors since 2007, and
Sylvia Mackey, wife of Pro Football Hall of Fame player & Legacy Donor John Mackey, for her advocacy on behalf of former NFL players, including the development of the 88 Plan.
To purchase tickets for the October 24th dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel, click here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e63f0bli6f448bab&llr=t7y86ncab
Previous Impact Award winners include the NFL, accepted by Commissioner Roger Goodell, former New England Patriot Ted Johnson, former NHL player Keith Primeau, Professional Boxer & WBU Champion Micky Ward, Captain William B. Reynolds (ret.), BU CSTE Co-Director Ann McKee, & former New England Patriot Kevin Turner.
Proceeds from the event will benefit SLI concussion education & prevention programs, as well as research at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.