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NEPSAC Partners with Headway Foundation for 5th Annual Concussion Awareness Week
1/18/2021

 The New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Headway Foundation for the 2021 Concussion Awareness Week from January 29 - February 7.

The Headway Foundation was founded by former NEPSAC athletes Paige Decker (Westminster School ’10, Yale University ‘14), Josephine Pucci (Choate ’09, Harvard University ‘15), and Danny Otto (Yale University ‘12). Since 2016, Headway has organized a global Concussion Awareness Week with the goal of promoting a safer sports culture surrounding concussions. In 2020, there were over 400 organizations registered for Concussion Awareness Week and more than 10,000 participants committed to making Headway Foundation’s "New Tough Pact," which encourages athletes to report concussion symptoms quickly, to encourage brain-injured teammates to be patient and seek help while healing, and to play the game within the rules, avoiding hits from behind, hits to the head, and hits to the neck.

"As a former NEPSAC student athlete myself, I am thrilled to partner with the league for our fifth annual Concussion Awareness Week,” said Headway Foundation co-founder Paige Decker-- Westminster School ’10, Yale University ‘14. "Our team hopes to encourage student athletes to always put their brain health first, and for schools to create an environment where players feel comfortable reporting concussion symptoms, supporting teammates and playing the game smart. We are grateful for the NEPSAC’s leadership in this space, and for their ongoing commitment to player safety." 

During Concussion Awareness Week 2021, Headway Foundation hopes to build on its impact from 2020 and aims to spread awareness around concussions and provide educational resources for athletes and non-athletes alike all around the world.

For more information on Headway Foundation, visit: http://headwayfoundation.com/