Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association announced that Chris Nowinski, sports and entertainment figure, author, and activist, will be speaking at the annual fundraiser – The Many Faces of Brain Injury - on March 27, 6-8 p.m., at The Mill, 1601 Gulf St.
Mr. Nowinski, featured in the Frontline Interview "League of Denial" and the award winning documentary "Head Games," is instrumental in bringing national attention to promoting education and policy change about sports concussions and brain injury. Mr. Nowinski can be described as an expert and activist in regards to sports-related brain injury. He is a Harvard alumnus who earned a BA in sociology, and was an all Ivy League Conference defensive tackle for the Harvard University football team. Following graduation, he pursued professional wrestling.
Mr. Nowinski’s interests in brain injury stem from personal experience. He wrote the book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis in 2006 (updated in 2012) which details his personal story about his career-ending injury, and promotes understanding of the dangers of concussion in contact sports.
Mr. Nowinski co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy and research. He serves as a co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, and as an advisor on the NFL Players Association Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee and the Ivy League Multi Sports Concussion Committee. Mr. Nowinski is the narrator for the Center for Disease Control's on-line training for concussions. In 2012, Mr. Nowinski received the United States Sports Academy Distinguished Service Award, and the Sport at its Best Award as a Player Safety Advocate from Ralph Nader’s League of Fans.
Tickets for The Many Faces of Brain Injury are $60, or $480 for a table of eight. This is CABIA's major fundraising event.
For more information call Lisa Morgan at 634-1572 or visit www.cabiatn.org.