Chris Nowinski SLI

The Concussion Legacy Foundation (formerly named the Sports Legacy Institute) is a 501(c)(3) organization Chris co-founded with his treating physician Dr. Robert Cantu to solve the concussion crisis through education, advocacy, and research. After Chris was forced to retire from WWE, Dr. Cantu’s teachings inspired Chris to write Head Games. Head Games led Chris to recognize that only by continuing to diagnose CTE in athletes and proving the disease is widespread would the world take concussions seriously and reform how we play sports.

The Foundation began building a Brain Bank, then partnered with Boston University School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration to collaborate on the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, now the world’s largest CTE Brain Bank in the world.

While continuing to fund and advance concussion and CTE research, the Concussion Legacy Foundation now translates what we learn into programs and policies to help athletes play smarter and safer.

In 2014, CLF received the ETHOS Award from the Santa Clara University Institute of Sports Law and Ethics (ISLE), which honors a decision, action, initiative, or program that has contributed to the ethics of sport in the United States.

To learn more about the Concussion Legacy Foundation, visit the website here:

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