Join the SAFEO I Promise Concussion Awareness Campaign to help us spread the word about youth and sports-related concussions. Each year, school-related contact sports cause about four million concussions. Kids playing football, soccer, and ice hockey are the most likely to end up in the emergency room (ER) as a result of such brain injuries. The mission of the I Promise campaign is directed to young student athletes, their parents, coaches, and teachers to provide them awareness and preventative information about the occurrence or repercussions of a concussion.
For the past two years, with the support from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Heads Up” program we have been visiting DC metro area schools, recreation centers, boys & girls clubs and churches providing them with important awareness and preventive information that mitigate or avert the serious effects a concussion can have, not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in the daily living activities. Thus far the campaign has registered over 3,000 pledges from student athletes promising to take serious the issue of concussions and to tell an adult should they feel they suffered one.
SAFEO was honored this past year with the opportunity to develop an I Promise PSA featuring Ms. Sylvia Mackey, the widow of NFL hall of fame legend, the late John Mackey. Ms. Mackey, understanding the importance of concussion awareness, took time out of her busy schedule to help send the message about this debilitating condition.
We would like to thank Ms. Mackey for her commitment in helping us spread the word.
To view Ms. Mackey’s story click here
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