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May 042017
 
2017 DEREK THOMSON SHEELY LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO JOHANA "J” GOURDIN

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

Jan 012017
 
40 for 40:  HONORING DEREK RAISES $9,774.40

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

Aug 262015
 
CBS FEATURE ABOUT DEREK SHEELY

Ken and Kristen Sheely’s heartfelt interview with Jon Solomon describes the terrible loss of their beloved son and what they’re working to change in the hope that no other family suffers the same devastation. Read their interview here.

Feb 242015
 
A WALK ACROSS AMERICA

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

Oct 302014
 
CNN INTERVIEW ABOUT DEREK SHEELY

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.

Dec 172013
 
SBNATION INTERVIEW ABOUT DEREK SHEELY

Ken and Kristen Sheely spoke with writer Matt Crossman about their beloved son, Derek. The stories they and Derek’s friends tell paint a portrait of a promising life that was stopped too soon. Read the December 17, 2013 article by clicking on the SBNATION logo above.

Nov 122013
 
WASHINGTON TIMES INTERVIEW ABOUT DEREK SHEELY

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

Sep 252013
 
FOX SPORTS 1 INTERVIEW ABOUT DEREK SHEELY

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.

Aug 222013
 
DEREK SHEELY: LEADING THE WAY TO HELP OTHERS

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