(BOSTON) – The Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) will honor Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros and Pro Football Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his wife Lynn Buoniconti with their 2018 Impact Awards at the 11th Annual Concussion Legacy Gala on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the InterContinental Boston. Tickets are now on sale at ConcussionFoundation.org/gala.
Lindros was a six-time NHL All-Star before his career was cut short due to concussions. Lindros is considered to have done more to advance concussion research, education, and prevention than any living sports legend. On the day he retired, Lindros made a personal $5 million donation to concussion research, the largest gift ever by a professional athlete. He has challenged the NHL, which thus far has refused to fund concussion research, to contribute $1 million from each NHL team.
Lindros is a force behind Rowan’s Law, named after CLF Legacy Donor Rowan Stringer, who died of second-impact syndrome. Rowan’s Law, which became law in March in Ontario, Canada, is the first law to require appropriate concussion management in Canada and is expected to be adopted by all provinces. Lindros serves as an Ambassador for Team Up Speak Up, CLF’s innovative concussion education program focused on activating teammates in identifying concussions, and serves as the honorary chair of Western University’s See the Line initiative.
"Eric Lindros has passionately devoted his time, his money, and his voice to making the game of hockey and all sports safer, especially for the youth athletes who are most vulnerable," said CLF co-founder and medical director Dr. Robert Cantu. "There is no better example of an athlete giving back to his sport than Eric Lindros."
Buoniconti, 77, had a Hall of Fame career as a middle linebacker for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins, and captained the undefeated 1972 Dolphins. In 2017, the Buonicontis went public that Nick had been diagnosed with dementia, and the world’s experts who have treated Nick believe it is due to CTE. Buoniconti has pledged his brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, led by Dr. Ann McKee, and launched the Nick & Lynn Buoniconti CTE Research Fund at the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
“We are proud to honor Nick and Lynn Buoniconti, who have courageously fought Nick’s diagnosis with dignity and grace, and who are now doing so much to raise awareness and funding for CTE research,” said CLF co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski, Ph.D.
The Impact Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a major impact on concussion and CTE research and safety. Previous honorees include Bob Costas, Dr. Ann McKee, Brandi Chastain, WWE, The Ivy League, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Keith Primeau, Cindy Parlow Cone, Taylor Twellman, Micky Ward, Chris Borland, Ted Johnson and Kevin Turner.
Last year, more than 300 supporters and distinguished guests attended the Concussion Legacy Gala, including honoree Bob Costas, former NFL players Mike Adamle, Matt Hasselbeck and Ted Johnson, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H, and former NHL player Keith Primeau. The event raised over $400,000 to support Concussion Legacy Foundation programs.
About the Concussion Legacy Foundation:
The Concussion Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was founded by Robert Cantu, MD, and Chris Nowinski, PhD to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. For more information, please visit ConcussionFoundation.org.