Concussions and Sports Justice
Sunday 3/20 4:30pm
The Lafayette Theater
A screening of the powerful documentary “The Business of Amateurs” created and produced by former University of Southern California football player, Bob DeMars.
The movie will be followed by a panel discussion with Bob DeMars and other tireless advocates of sports reform: two Purdue University Engineers from the Purdue Neuro Trauma Group doing cutting-edge concussions research, an attorney and former NC Supreme Court Justice who advocates for players rights all over the country, a social worker who has dedicated her work to the well-being of athletes, and a high school football coach who is committed to making the game safer for athletes.
Hear from some of our panelists before the event! Listen to podcasts full of information you won’t hear in media coverage about concussions and the urgent need for change in how we understand them and treat them on Going Deep: Sports in the 21st Century.
If you can’t join us, but want to support the event, please visit our gofundme site. Even the smallest amount of support can help us make this event happen and be free and open to the public.Continue Reading
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An Event on Concussions and Sports Justice
On Sunday, March 20 at 4:30pm at the Lafayette Theater, John and I are hosting a screening of the powerful new documentary, The Business of Amateurs, created by former USC football player, Bob Demars. Following the film we will have a panel discussion on concussions and issues of justice in sports with Bob Demars and Purdue engineers doing ground breaking research on concussions.
If you can, please help us raise the funds to cover the costs of this important event.
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