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The Sports Legacy Institute has announced that it has rebranded and changed its name to the Concussion Legacy Foundation to realign the name of the organization with the evolution of its programs.
The organization continues to be led by founding Executive Director Chris Nowinski and founding Medical Director Dr. Robert Cantu, and all programs and research will continue uninterrupted.
The organization also unveiled its new website, ConcussionFoundation.org, logo and tagline, “Leading to a Safer Future.”
“The original name reflected our singular focus on conducting chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research during our first year,” said Nowinski. “The new name reflects the expansion of our programs – including concussion prevention and care, as well as accelerating treatment and a cure for post-concussion syndrome and CTE.”
The Concussion Legacy Foundation will continue its collaboration with the Boston University School of Medicine CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank located at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, known as the Bedford VA. Since its inception in 2008, the brain bank has studied more than 260 brains and discovered the first cases of CTE in athletes from ice hockey, soccer, college and high school football and baseball. CTE has been diagnosed in 87 of the 91 brains of former NFL players studied at the BU CTE Center.
“Concussion Legacy” encapsulates the organization’s focus on brain injury and its consequences, including a legacy of CTE and other neurological disorders such as post-concussion syndrome. The name change also reflects a continued growing focus on the consequences of brain trauma among military service members and veterans.
The newly launched ConcussionFoundation.org website contains several new features, including a Personal Stories page where stories of those affected by concussions and CTE are compiled, and a Concussion Response page with expert advice and referrals for anyone dealing with a concussion.
“The Concussion Legacy Foundation is eager to lead the conversation on brain trauma into its next stage – translating our new knowledge into meaningful change and effective solutions,” Nowinski said. “We look forward to creating change to ensure that children can participate in sports without worrying it will derail their life, and that parents and coaches are armed with the tools to help them provide a safer environment.”
Barbara A. Jones, Corporate & Securities shareholder with international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, was named to the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2015 list of “Top Women of Law.” The prestigious award is given to an elite group of women lawyers who have made important contributions to the legal community through outstanding leadership, vision, passion, and advocacy.
Jones is being recognized for her leadership in complex international legal issues as well as her dedication to advancing the missions of nonprofit legal, business, and community organizations,
Specifically, her use of her legal training and advocacy skills in the community to tackle controversial matters and influence positive social change is significant.
In 2007, Jones facilitated the initial formation of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the study, treatment, and prevention of concussions, particularly in athletes. Under the passionate leadership of Executive Director Christopher Nowinski, SLI’s work has led to major changes in the prevention and treatment of concussions in athletes at all levels, including changes in “return to play” rules, and the advancement of medical research in the understanding of the causes of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Jones has been a member of the SLI Board of Directors since 2010 and served as President of the Board in 2014.
The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) will honor global entertainment company WWE with the 2013 Impact Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals for their commitment to solving the concussion epidemic.
The award will be presented at the 6th Annual Impact Awards dinner on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Boston Harbor Hotel and accepted by Stephanie McMahon, Executive Vice President, Creative, WWE and Paul Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events, WWE.
WWE is being recognized for its commitment to brain trauma research as well as its commitment to concussion education. In 2013, WWE gave a $1.2 million gift to SLI to launch a new three-year research program led by Boston University researchers Ann McKee, MD and Lee Goldstein, MD, PhD aimed at developing a treatment for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease associated with brain trauma and known to affect athletes, military veterans, and others who suffer brain trauma. SLI is a Boston-based non-profit organization founded by Dr. Robert Cantu and Chris Nowinski to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
WWE has also collaborated with SLI to educate WWE performers about concussion education. Every WWE Superstar and Diva has been required to attend a SLI “Conquering Concussions” seminar led by SLI executive director and former WWE Superstar Chris Nowinski, aimed at preventing concussions and increasing the reporting of concussions when they do occur.
“Our partnership with SLI is a key component of WWE’s talent health and wellness program,” said Paul Levesque. “Talent is the only natural resource that WWE has, and we are committed to their well-being.”
The Impact Awards will be hosted by Jim Braude, host of New England Cable News (NECN) show “BroadSide” and co-host of Boston Public Radio on WGBH. Current and former professional athletes will also be in attendance, including a number of former New England Patriots including Joe Andruzzi and Pete Brock. The 6th Annual Impact Awards are presented by the Mintz Levin, Trinity Partners, the Andlinger Family and Carol Quimby-Bonan and the Bonan Family.
Last year’s Impact Awards gathered over 250 attendees, athletes, and distinguished guests from across the country and raised more than $260,000 to support concussion advocacy, awareness, education, and research. Prior honorees include The Ivy League, the NFL, Dr. Ann McKee, and athletes Ted Johnson, Micky Ward, Keith Primeau, and Kevin Turner of the Kevin Turner Foundation.