Hersam Acorn Radio will broadcast live from the event on hanradio.com and other sites Monday morning.
Players Against Concussions is a new nonprofit organization founded on the uniting principles that people love sports, but want to make them safer. Conceived by Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick, PAC’s mission is to unite athletes, leaders in research and medicine, coaches, parents, athletic brands and equipment manufacturers to create a forum and platform where innovation and ideas can be shared to advance the end goal of preserving the sports while making them safer for all who play.
Sponsored by Guidepost Solutions, the daylong kick off event will begin with a brunch and press conference from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an afternoon round of golf, and will conclude with a cocktail hour and dinner beginning at 5 p.m.
Athletes scheduled to attend include Jeremy Roenick, Jim McMahon, Mario Lemieux, Michael Strahan, Darius Rucker, David Cone, David Wells, Ken Daneyko, Rick Rhoden, Bode Miller, Tony Siragusa, Nat Moore, Richard Dent, Otis Wilson, Kevin Millar, Stephane Matteau, Roy Green, Jackie Flynn, Victor Green, Kevin Butler, Joe DeLamielleure, Claudio Reyna, Debbie Dunning, and Jeremy Lincoln, with more confirmations pending.
“This is a deeply personal issue for me as both a player and a parent,” McMahon said. “I loved every minute of the football I played as a kid and during my professional career, but I’ve also felt the effects of the concussions I suffered on the field. I’ve seen the lasting effects on teammates and friends, and now I see the statistics that point toward an epidemic of concussions among young athletes. The idea that kids are sustaining head injuries that have the potential to cause permanent, lifelong damage is just unacceptable. We know many of these injuries are preventable, and in terms of protection, we know we can do better through research and innovation. The goal of PAC is to keep athletes of all ages playing the sports they love, but without having to risk the lifelong, debilitating effects of head injuries.”
Along with this kick off event, PAC’s mission for the year ahead includes numerous events and conferences and the formation of three advisory boards comprising leaders in youth sports, research and medicine, and professional athletes. PAC will also be active through social media in order to spread its message of awareness, inspire involvement and recruit new partners.
Information can also be found at playersac.org.