The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) presented National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell with its Leadership Award at the 8th Annual B.I.G. Event (Brain Injury Gala) on November 1.
The evening’s theme was “Stronger Together, Celebrating 50,” in celebration of the passage of youth concussion legislation in all 50 states. Many of the laws were modeled after Washington state’s first in the nation “Zackery Lystedt Law.”
The BIAWA “the NFL’s support and leadership to ensure passage of youth concussion laws throughout the country. Through the NFL’s dedication and that of the 32 clubs to advocate before every state legislature and the Commissioner’s willingness to contact the governor or every state that did not have a law, all the states adopted laws to protect youth athletes,” according to the association..
“The passage of the Lystedt Law in all 50 states is an important step for all young athletes and their parents,” said Commissioner Goodell. “The Lystedts, BIAWA and others should rightfully be proud of all that they did to make the nationwide passage a reality. We are honored to support their work to protect all young players, no matter what sport they play. We will continue to focus on making our game better and safer and setting the right example on health and safety in sports.”