Advocacy

Advocacy – Letters Library

Advocacy is one of the most impactful ways you can help bring about awareness of CTE and more importantly save lives and families. Advocacy can happen with just a few minutes of your time and by just sitting in front of your computer. Of course, advocacy can also happen by spending time getting in front of policy makers, school boards and community leaders. Your choice, but ANY action you choose to take will be the key to a healthier world. Check out the tools below that we have created for you to help us on this journey. 

Advocacy on the local level can be as powerful as visiting congressional members in D.C., so do what is comfortable. Many federal legislators look to trends in their state and electorate to see possibilities for future bills. 

Writing a letter to your editor in your local paper is also a great way to get our message seen by those in power to make a difference. Keep it to under 200 words and try to tie it to recent events. Please see our blog page for ideas to copy. 

Please contact us with any assistance we can provide or actions we can address.

We are so grateful you are here and willing to help. 

Write a Letter to your Local and State Representatives!

Please see our template letter for the BIG ASK for safer sports for children. Feel free to adapt it to your personal story (which really helps) or personal requests. This issue is so important. We must continue to push and prod our elected representatives.

Send this to your local state representatives and senators. 

In D.C. there are two committees that can help advocate for CTE awareness and prevention. 

The bipartisan Congressional Neuroscience Caucus promotes a better understanding of how the brain develops, functions, and ages. Co-chaired by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the caucus seeks to raise awareness about the millions of Americans afflicted with neurological disorders or mental illnesses.

See if your Representative is a MEMBER of the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus, and if so, reach out to them.

The mission of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force is to further education and awareness of brain injury and support funding for basic and applied research, brain injury rehabilitation, and development of a cure. Co-chaired by Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Representative Don Bacon (R-NE), the Task Force works to help make life better for individuals with brain injury and their families. 

See if your Representative is a MEMBER of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, and if so, reach out to them.

In the past we were fortunate to do the following Congressional Briefings

September 14, 2017 – Understanding and Minimizing Sports-Related Brain Injuries 

May 13, 2016 – C-Span Coverage of Investigative Hearing in Congress- Hard to believe this was so long ago. Talking points are still the same. 

Use this template to write your Reps!

Write a Letter to the CDC

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to the Center for Disease Control

CDC Letter

Request to have pamphlets in your doctor office…

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to the Doctor of your choice

Letter to a Doctor

Pamphlet Link Here

Write a Letter to a Coach

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to the Coach of a team or an Athletic Director

Letter to the Coach

 

Write a Letter to the School Board

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to the School Board

letter to School Board

Write a letter to your local Law Enforcement

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to you local law enforcement. Please change this template to address your personal story or delete any portion you wish.

Law Enforcement Letter DOC

 

 

 

Write a letter to towns sponsoring Athletic Leagues

Use this Word Doc template below to write a letter to your town if they sponsor collision sports for kids

Athletic Leagues Document