Sports Concussion Education Fund

The Sports Concussion Education Fund is interested in funding projects dedicated to preventing multiple concussions in youth athletics, and reducing the risk of the serious health problems that come with head injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that high school athletes who sustain a concussion are three times more likely to sustain a second concussion. Such cumulative head trauma can be devastating, and result in a number of health programs, including sleep disorders, memory loss and depression.  The long-term consequences of multiple head injuries are becoming more widely known. The NFL released a study that found serious memory-related diseases and other health problems retired athletes to be nearly twenty times the normal rate. To address this problem, the California legislature passed AB 25 (Hayashi), which made California a leader in return-to-play laws. Modeled after the country’s toughest concussion safety laws in Washington and Oregon, AB 25 requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. The law prohibits the return of the student until he or she is evaluated by, and receives written clearance from, a licensed health care provider. To learn more about AB 25, please visit  youthconcussion.com

The Sports Concussion Education Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals from community-based organizations in Alameda and Santa Clara counties – specifically, projects that will educate student athletes, parents, coaches and schools about concussion safety and the requirements of AB 25. This will include creating partnerships with the California Interscholastic Federation and providing educational materials through school districts in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.  Please submit your letter of interest (no more than two pages) to Mary Hayashi at mary@maryhayashi.com. The letter should include: a brief background of your organization including annual budget and source of revenue; a summary of project goals and activities; and the requested amount and how it will be spent.  The average grant will be $5,000 per project and the projects will begin April of 2014.