On May 4, 2017, the Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership Award and Scholarship was presented to Frostburg State University student, Johana “J” Gourdin. J is an amazing individual. She is involved in Americorps, Students for Women’s Issues, Student Government, Overcome Frostburg, and many other groups that serve her community. She is passionate about and active in causes to help others, especially marginalized read more
During the last 40 days of 2016, 49 people contributed $9,774.40 to our 40 for 40 Brain Injury Awareness Campaign. We want to express our sincere gratitude for your generous contributions to THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION. Throughout the past year, your donations have allowed us to: Distribute over 8,500 Concussion Awareness Kits in 18 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than read more
Mitchell Sodersten will begin a journey of a lifetime on March 1, 2015 as he walks across the United States in a compelling effort to increase concussion awareness. While in college, he suffered three concussions in six months playing baseball. These brain injuries not only ended his athletic career, the effects lingered as post-concussion syndrome, propelling him into a deep read more
In a recent interview with CNN’s Sara Ganim, Kristen and Ken Sheely share their heartbreaking story of their beloved son, Derek. As the disturbing details of his tragic death emerged, they felt compelled to file a lawsuit in an effort to prevent what happened to Derek from happening to another child. Watch their emotional interview here.
In an interview with Nathan Fenno of The Washington Times, Ken and Kristen Sheely reveal the pain and heartbreak they must endure every day as they go on living without their beloved son. What’s more, the details surrounding Derek’s tragic death and the aftermath are chilling. Click here to read the article, which appeared on the front page of The Washington Times on read more
Kristen and Ken Sheely spoke with Fox Sports 1’s Peter Schrager and described Derek’s love of football and his plans for the future. They also talked about the disturbing details surrounding his catastrophic injury and why they are driven to prevent what happened to Derek from happening to another child. Watch the September 25, 2013 interview here.
On August 28, 2011, we lost our beloved son and brother Derek Sheely to a sports-related brain injury. It is inconceivable to us how, with all the attention on concussions, there is still no unified enforcement to prevent dangerous drills, stop false safety claims, or ensure proper medical attention to concussed athletes. We are haunted by the knowledge that Derek’s read more