Mission: The mission of SLI is to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups through providing the BEST-IN-CLASS educational programs and facilitating rapid culture change.
Results: This past year we have launched 3 coalitions in 3 cities, Chicago, LA, and San Fran to help bring comprehensive concussion education to those communities. Head Games the film also debuted, directed by Steve James. SLI has SLICE chapters at Harvard, Boston University, Brown, Univ. of Miami, and DePaul, with new chapters launching at USC and Berkley.
Target demographics: SLI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to solving the concussion crisis in sports and the military through medical research, treatment, and education and prevention. The initial vision of SLI was to formalize the groundbreaking neuropathological research, which was a necessary first step in developing treatment and a cure. That vision was achieved when SLI partnered with Boston University School of Medicine in September, 2008, to form the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE). While continuing to support the CSTE, now works to translate our new knowledge into programs that will allow sports to be played more safely. SLI makes sports safer through grassroots educational programs including SLI Advanced Concussion Training and SLICE, the Concussion Coalition model in Chicago and California, policy developing including the SLI Concussion Checklist and Hit Count™ Initiative, and continue to raise awareness through the media.
Geographic areas served: USA
Programs: SLI Community Educators (SLICE): concussion education program for youth.
Advanced Concussion Training: for parents, coaches, teachers, administrators, medical professionals, school nurses, and others.
Concussion Consulting for organizations that want to provide the safest guidelines for handling head injuries.
Sports Legacy Institute has done an outstanding job in concussion research, awareness, education and prevention from youth to professional athletes. After sustaining head injury a few years ago, I realized just how much we take our brains for granted. SLI is bridging gaps in sports and medicine. They are providing education so that players, coaches, and parents are more aware of concussions and what to do. They are educating medical professionals in the proper treatment . They have made recommendations to organizations to ensure safer playing. They are bringing to light the effects of CTE to athletes through their research which helps us understand our former athletes better, as well as our own brain. No pun intended , but it's a no brainer why Sports Legacy should be on the 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits List!