Holland College Athletes raising awareness on brain injuries
March 4, 2014
The Holland College Events Management class is giving back; assigned with the task of organizing an event that will give back to local charity, the students in the group chose the Brain Injury Association of PEI.
Laura Younker, a second year Events Management student, Student Union member and fullback for the Holland Hurricanes women’s soccer team has had her issues with brain injuries throughout her soccer career.
“Having suffered from a concussion before and from an athlete’s point of view it is a very scary feeling being dazed and unaware of your surroundings and not having control of what is going on. Head injuries are something athletes should take seriously and get the right equipment and proper treatment as you never know when it could take you out of the game for good”.
The president of the Brain Injury Association of PEI, Kenneth Murnaghan, had this to share regarding the support of Holland College and the importance of being aware of when you or someone else may have an injury to the brain.
“It is important to understand that education is critical at all levels and that coaches, parents and athletes don’t hide the symptoms and force the athlete or child back into the event again where they may reinjure themselves and have more serious consequences. I think people need to realize the consequences could be behavioral, cognitive and emotional and could have life time effects; so you want to limit the risk of those consequences on a child or athlete. So certainly education is important if protocol is not followed the consequences could be life altering”.
The Event Management class will be holding a “Save the Brain” FUNdraiser at the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse on Thursday, March 6th from 7pm to 10pm.
The evening will be full of fun activities featuring an Amazing Race with a brain injury theme, trivia, great food and music. The evening will be emceed by Teresa Wright. At different times throughout the evening Teresa will be interviewing a number of survivors and family members
Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the Brain Injury Association of PEI office at 81 Prince Street, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 314-4228 or 367-3216.
Don’t miss this exciting evening and help us “Save the Brain”!
For more information on the Brain Injury Association of PEI please visit www.biapei.com.
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