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 to provide young student athletes, their parents, coaches, and teachers concussion awareness, prevention, and mitigation information to curb the occurrence or repercussions of concussion.
For the past two years, with the support from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Heads Up” program we have been visiting D.C. metro area schools, recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs and churches to provide them with important awareness and preventive information that mitigates or averts the serious effects a concussion can have, not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in daily living activities. To date, the campaign has secured over 3,000 pledges from student athletes promising to take serious the issue of concussion and to alert an adult authority should they experience a blow to the head, either directly or through a fall.
SAFEO was honored this past year with the opportunity to develop an “I Promise” Public Service Announcement (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 an important message about this debilitating injury.
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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