The inaugural year of Positive-Strides.org was action packed and productive as the foundation focused on providing guidance and assistance to athletes, who have suffered a catastrophic, life altering and/or career ending sports-related. We made significant advances in the first year of existence and have successfully provided services to over 23 athletes from the ages of thirteen to thirty who were in need medically, mentally and physically.
Our team worked diligently to build progressive relationships with established foundations and organizations to help enhance their message and build awareness about the major increase in youth sports-related injuries each year.
2014 Accomplishments and Highlights:
• Created and managed the Blazers. Bourbon. Cigars Fundraiser in historic Annapolis, Maryland. Successfully raising over $50,000 dollars in its FIRST year!
• Featured in articles and interviews in CBS Sports, Eleven Warriors, Heels & Helmets, Modern Luxury DC Magazine, Annapolis Home Magazine, Capital Gazette and What’s Up Annapolis.
• Two of Positive-Strides.org clients were featured on the front page of the Washington Post Sports. One of our clients was featured on National Nightly News programs introducing President Obama at the White House Concussion Symposium in May 2014.
As we move forward into a new year, we plan to continue our success and making a difference in the athletic community by introducing our unique Player Ambassador Program. We are working with colleges and universities around the country to make this an integral part of their athletic programs. This initiative will provide supplementary on-campus injury prevention seminars for current athletes, coaches, trainers, and parents. Additionally, it will include a mentorship program that acts as a support group for program ambassadors to counsel athletes on their injury issues.
With your support, we can continue to provide fundamental opportunities and guidance to more of the estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million athletes suffering concussions every year in the United States. It is time to focus on our athlete’s futures and the well being of our youth to prevent these types of injuries TODAY!