Register now for The Derek Sheely LEAD THE WAY 4.0-Mile Race on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8am in Germantown, Maryland! This race is to raise funds for our concussion awareness campaign and The Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership Award, a scholarship awarded to the Frostburg State University junior who exemplifies Derek’s leadership, academic, and charitable qualities. Please join us! The read more
The 2013 Derek Thomson Sheely Leadership Award was presented to Janelle Walbert during a ceremony at Frostburg State University on May 2, 2013. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in the classroom and in the community. Janelle has a cumulative GPA of 4.0, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, participated in the Sloop Institute for Excellence read more
As part of our grassroots campaign to raise awareness of concussions, THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION has created an Awareness Briefing geared toward young athletes and their parents to educate them on the signs, symptoms, dangers, and prevention of concussions. Please use and share this important tool with everyone you know and help prevent another family from suffering a tragedy like ours.
THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION is pleased to announce that Executive Director Kristen Sheely has been invited to participate in SAFEO’s fundraiser event, “Women and Sports-Related Concussion,” on January 26, 2013 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. SAFEO (Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that provides educational, career, and health services for student athletes. Its recently launched “I Promise” campaign read more
Our recent “40 for 40” campaign to raise funds to help educate athletes and parents about concussions raised $16,780! Tremendous thanks to the 96 people who donated in the last 40 days of 2012. Because of your support, we reached 42% of our $40,000 goal. Thank you for honoring our beloved son.
Derek Sheely’s family, friends, and teammates gathered at the Northwest High School football stadium on a clear, crisp Friday night in Germantown, Maryland to dedicate an oak tree and memorial plaque in his honor. The ceremony immediately preceded Northwest’s 42-14 gridiron victory over Einstein High School. With several thousand fans in the stands and both teams gathered nearby, former Northwest read more
The Eastern York Golden Knights fall baseball team is honoring Derek Sheely in a very unique and special way. Golden Knights’ head coach Jeff Shore, a high school classmate of Derek’s mother Kristen, was moved to action when he learned about Derek and his story. “I never had the pleasure of meeting Derek but, by all accounts, he was a read more
THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION teams with Walmart and the Spring Valley Athletic Association to educate families about concussions THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION today announced the distribution of Concussion Awareness Kits to 29 youth football teams in three leagues administered by the Spring Valley Athletic Association (SVAA) in North Dallas. The Concussion Awareness Kits were made available through a grant from read more
Author Gregg Easterbrook writes a popular column for ESPN called Tuesday Morning Quarterback, TMQ. His August 28, 2012 TMQ column features a tribute to Derek and the need to raise awareness about sports concussions. Mr. Easterbrook reminds us that “most victims of football brain trauma are not well-known NFL stars” and, although public attention tends to focus on the NFL, that there read more
In a heartfelt interview with Concussion TV, Derek Sheely’s father and mother, Ken and Kristen, talk about Derek, THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION, and what parents need to know about concussions. They warn parents that “concussion” is a watered-down term for brain injury and discuss the need to break down the stigma of reporting concussions. They encourage parents to make informed read more