The 2016 Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership Award was presented to Valerie Ehimhen during a ceremony at Frostburg State University on May 5, 2016. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in the classroom and in the community. This year’s recipient of the Award is an amazing individual. A Computer Science major and Mathematics minor, Valerie has a cumulative GPA of 3.96, is a Senator 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
THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION’s Online Silent Auction has closed. Funds raised (TBD) will be used to increase awareness among young athletes and their parents to the signs, symptoms, dangers, and prevention of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Specifically, the funds will go toward the purchase and distribution of Concussion Awareness Kits for youth sports leagues to provide to all of their read more