My name is Aaron and I am a former college football player and coach. Over the past couple years, I've become increasingly alarmed by new research showing the dramatic health effects of concussive and non-concussive hits to the head. The good folks at the Sports Legacy Institute in Boston have found numerous deceased athletes--high school through professional--have suffered from a brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE.
While CTE is not specific to football (it's been seen in hockey, boxing, and other contact sports) and there is still much research to be completed, it dawned on me that there are perhaps millions of high school football players--minors--in our country subjecting their brains to this sort of trauma.
It is still too early (probably) to call for dramatic changes to the physical aspect of the sport, but it is not too early to protect our youth by getting rid of full-contact, offseason football practices. There is absolutely no reason to have children participating in any extra activity that could be damaging to their brains. Someone must stand up for them.
Over the past couple months, I have invested about $1,000 and many hours to launch a non-profit organization that will work with these states' athletics associations, as well as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). The goals are to A) end offseason, full-contact football practices at the high school level, and B) Incorporate a nation-wide limit to full-contact practices during football season.
In order to do this, I need to raise AT LEAST $7,500 to cover accounting, legal, fundraising, and filing expenses, as well as have a sharp, functional website created to inform the public and handle donations. As I stated, I'm already $1,000 in the hole.
To raise these funds I am training for my first marathon, which I will run in either December or January (I am currently leaving this open because I've already sustained one foot injury from training.) I am asking you to sponsor me and help protect our nation's youth who may be incurring lifelong brain injury by making a preferred minimum donation of $25.
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