The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), on May 22, will hold the Third Annual Tom McHale Memorial, benefiting its programs and “honoring SLI Legacy Donors, whose participation in CTE research has made possible the recent advancements in the scientific understanding of the effects of repetitive head trauma.”
In addition to learning more about SLI, you will have the opportunity to meet its “founding executive director Christopher Nowinski, author of Head Games and subject of the award-winning documentary of the same name.” Mix and “mingle with former NFL players and other sports stars,” while seeing firsthand “why SLI has risen so quickly to prominence as a national leader on sports concussion advocacy, education, and research.”
This year’s Leadership Award “will be presented to Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico for his concussion advocacy, including calling for more attention from the federal government and higher standards for protecting young athletes, which has brought positive change throughout the country.”
Michelle and Gil Trenum, parents of Legacy Donor Austin Trenum, will be presented with the SLI Legacy Award, recognizing the leading role they played “in implementing one of the nation’s most comprehensive concussion management programs within their local district of Prince William County.”
The Tom McHale story is one of unbridled success and abrupt tragedy. Former college player and NFLer, this family man, dedicated husband and father of three’s life was cut short by an accidental overdose, brought on by the effects of pain he endured in his playing career. The complete story can be read here, as told by his wife.