Former NFL Players to Support Concussion Research

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An organization representing former professional football players is supporting a youth concussion education initiative. The NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter is set to present a donation this morning to the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center for its "Brain & Beyond" program. January 23, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - An organized group of former NFL players has huddled and decided on their next play: to encourage further studies into how the brain works.

These Indiana-based veterans of "America's game" and community leaders are teaming up with Indiana's top brain specialists at IU Health to further explore the effects of head injuries and inspire the neuroscientists of tomorrow by teaching young minds about the three pounds of precious cargo inside their heads. On Thursday, Jan. 23, the NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter will present a $35,000 gift to the IU Health Neuroscience Center via Methodist Health Foundation. The gift will benefit the IU Health Neuroscience Center's research efforts into concussions and support the center's "Brain & Beyond" youth education program.

NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter president Bill Schultz said, "The study of the brain is critical to so many of our past and present NFL players, and of course the future players that reside in our children. I personally can think of no better organization to be at the helm of this research than IU Health."

DATE:

Thursday, Jan. 23

LOCATION:

IU Health Neuroscience Center Indianapolis

FEATURED SPEAKERS & INVITED GUESTS:

-Bill Schultz - NFL Alumni Indianapolis Chapter president

-Dr. Nicholas Barbaro - medical director, IU Health Neuroscience Center

-Kevin Armstrong - president, Methodist Health Foundation

-Gary Brackett - former Indianapolis Colts and current Methodist Health Foundation board member

About the NFL Alumni in Indianapolis

NFL Alumni Charities is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission of serving and supporting youth-oriented charitable causes. NFL Alumni Charities advances its mission of caring for youth through hundreds of fundraising, community service and social events each year. Through its national office and local chapters across the country, NFL Alumni Charities has raised and donated millions of dollars for America's youth and community charities. For more information, please visit us at http://www.nflalumniindy.org

About the IU Health Neuroscience Center

The IU Health Neuroscience Center combines the neurological services of IU Health and IU School of Medicine into a single facility that is specifically designed with patients' needs in mind. The center is one of the only facilities in the nation to offer access to all of the neuroscience-related specialties under one roof. The center is also home to Indiana's only nationally ranked neurology and neurosurgery program, according to U.S.News and World Report's 2013-2014 list of Best Hospitals. For more information, visit http://iuhealth.org/neuroscience-center.

About Methodist Health Foundation

Through fundraising, Methodist Health Foundation champions the mission of Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital - improving the health of patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. The hospital has a rich heritage of delivering critical care - advanced, specialized and highly effective treatments - to critically ill and injured patients. For more information, visit http://www.methodisthealthfoundation.org.

Source: Indiana University Health