The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund’s mission is to assist dire need retired NFL players who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL’s status as the most popular sport in America. Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments, and childcare.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation (previously known as Sports Legacy Institute) funds and supports concussion and CTE research worldwide while translating new research findings into education programs, policies, and initiatives to allow sports to be played more safely. Education program such as Advanced Concussion Training and Team Up Against Concussions have trained tens of thousands of coaches, parents and athletes. Dr. Cantu and Chris also advise numerous sports organizations, including the National Football League, NFL Players Association, the Ivy League, NOCSAE, World Rugby, and Major League Lacrosse, to create change from the top down. Foundation innovations such as Safer Soccer and the Concussion Checklist are changing the way sports are played. While CLF has had many successes since 2007, we will not rest until we make sports safer and develop effective treatments for concussions and CTE.
Drawing on expertise from across Harvard University’s schools and its affiliated academic healthcare centers, the goal of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is to understand the causes of these conditions with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of former NFL players, while furthering our understanding of the benefits – and the risks – of participating in football.
As we continue to support novel discoveries and help advance treatments developed by Harvard faculty and other researchers, we hope to impact the health of both the current and future generations of players.
At the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, our goal is to establish the world’s most advanced diagnostic and treatment program for athletes who have suffered concussions as well as non-sports related head injuries.
We are the leaders in concussion care and education, that’s why we have created the nation’s first Pediatric Neurology Fellowship Program that will train the world’s best physicians to treat sport concussions in young athletes.
After the Impact
The Eisenhower Center is a 30-45 day residential treatment program that pairs military veterans and retired professional athletes. Since opening four years ago, they quickly realized veterans and athletes have a natural camaraderie. They become curious about each other's experiences, which foster communication, they gain a greater sense of community, and it enhances empathy with each other. In the military and professional sports, both populations train, play, win and lose together- it only makes sense they heal together.