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May 052016
 
2016 DEREK THOMSON SHEELY LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO VALERIE EHIMHEN

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

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

Jun 232013
 
SPRING 2013 BENEFIT AUCTION

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