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H.E.A.R.T.S. of Champions, championing the health of athletes in all levels of sport engagement.
On December 25th, Sony Pictures released CONCUSSION starring Will Smith. CONCUSSION is the remarkable film, based on the courageous journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant Nigerian American forensic pathologist, who made the first discovery of CTE (a football-related brain trauma caused by repeated concussions) and fought for the player health and safety implications to be known.
With 68% of all NFL players being African-American, this film and Dr. Omalu’s discovery have a significant impact on the lives and potential careers of our youth and collegiate athletes. In partnership with Sony Pictures we are building a national network of African-American Business, Sports and Entertainment leaders to launch the CONCUSSION for Students Initiative.
Modeled after the successful work of the SELMA for Students Campaign – we are calling on African-American leaders and influencers across the country to invest in our students and purchase 100,000 tickets for high school and college student athletes to see the film and discuss the impact this could have on their lives and careers.
Sony Pictures would coordinate the ticketing procurement process with theaters and students would show their identification at theaters to see the film. After screening the film, students would be encouraged to take the #ForThePlayers challenge and post a video messages to social media celebrating what they love about the game, celebrate their your favorite players and share why they support worker safety measures to protect those players.
For more information on CONCUSSION:
About Dr. Bennet Omalu:
CTE Impacted Player Response:
The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, with David Morse, Albert Brooks and additional performances by Hill Harper, Richard T. Jones and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Columbia Pictures presentation in association with LStar Capital and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film is written and directed by Peter Landesman, based on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, and produced by Ridley Scott, Giannina Scott, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon, and executive produced by Michael Schaefer, David Crockett, Ben Waisbren, Bruce Berman and Greg Basser.
The film release date: December 25, 2015