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Former NFL players team up with IU Health Neuroscience Center to study brain

NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter’s $35,000 gift will benefit concussion research and support efforts to educate teens about the brain.

Representatives from the NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter present $35,000 gift to representatives from the IU Health Neuroscience Center and Methodist Health Foundation.

| IndianapolisAn organized group of former National Football League (NFL) players has huddled and decided on their next play: to encourage further studies into how the brain works.

These Indiana-based veterans of “America’s game” and community leaders are teaming up with Indiana’s top brain specialists at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center to further explore the effects of head injuries and inspire the neuroscientists of tomorrow by teaching young minds about the three pounds of precious cargo inside their heads.

Earlier today, the NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter presented a $35,000 check to a group of representatives from the IU Health Neuroscience Center and Methodist Health Foundation—the fundraising arm of IU Health Methodist Hospital. The gift will benefit the IU Health Neuroscience Center’s research efforts into concussions and support the center’s “Brain & Beyond” youth education program, which is designed to educate high school students about the inner workings of the body's nervous system, including the brain and spine.

NFL Alumni Indianapolis chapter president Bill Schultz said, “The study of the brain is critical to so many of our past and present NFL players and, of course, the future players that reside in our children. I personally can think of no better organization to be at the helm of this research than IU Health.”

The IU Health Neuroscience Center combines the neurological services of clinicians with IU Health and researchers from IU School of Medicine into a single facility that is specifically designed with patients’ needs in mind. The center is one of the only facilities in the nation to serve as a “one stop shop” offering access to all of the neuroscience-related specialties under one roof. The center is also home to Indiana’s only nationally ranked neurology and neurosurgery program, according to U.S.News and World Report’s 2013-2014 list of "Best Hospitals".

NFL Alumni Charities is a 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission of serving and supporting youth-oriented charitable causes. NFL Alumni Charities advances its mission of caring for youth through hundreds of fundraising, community service and social events each year. Through its national office and local chapters across the country, NFL Alumni Charities has raised and donated millions of dollars for America’s youth and community charities.

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