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Seau Possible Entry into HoF Will Help Concussion Awareness

The concussion issue may get a lot more attention this November if the late Junior Seau gets named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Seau, the former San Diego Charger linebacker who took his life while suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, was named one of 113 early nominees for enshrinement in an announcement yesterday.

Seau would have to be be inducted posthumously as he took his own life on May 2, 2012 at the age of 43.

Seau’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Football League in January of 2013.

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Sports Legacy Institute Set To Host Impact Awards

The Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) will hold its Annual Impact Awards on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

To purchase tickets, visit: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7vnek1964fca7de&llr=t7y86ncab

Past recipients include:

  • 2009 Recipients — Keith Primeau, Former NHL Player (Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers); Ted Johnson, Former NFL Player (New England Patriots);  Micky Ward, Former Professional Boxer & WBU Champion; and Captain William B. Reynolds (ret.)
  • 2010 Recipients–  The National Football League (NFL), accepted by Commissioner Roger Goodell
  • 2011 Recipients —  Dr. Ann McKee, Bu CSTE Co-Director and Kevin Turner, Former NFL Player (New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 2012 Recipient — The Ivy League

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.

SLI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in June 2007 by concussion expert Dr. Robert Cantu, MD, and former Harvard football player and WWE professional wrestler Chris Nowinski in reaction to new medical research revealing that concussions and brain trauma in sports had become a public health crisis.

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Sports Legacy Institute Names Honorees for Impact Awards

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.

 

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