HeadFirst Concussion Care sponsors Hockey for Heroes tournament

| March 30, 2014
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Members of the USA Warriors Ice Hockey sled teams, comprised of injured U.S. Armed Forces service members and veterans, play each other in the Hockey for Heroes charity exhibition tournament on March 14 in Annapolis, Md., which raised $96,000 for their team and for Wounded Warriors Project. (Courtesy Lisa Mezzanotti)

Members of the USA Warriors Ice Hockey sled teams, comprised of injured U.S. Armed Forces service members and veterans, play each other in the Hockey for Heroes charity exhibition tournament on March 14 in Annapolis, Md., which raised $96,000 for their team and for Wounded Warriors Project. (Courtesy Lisa Mezzanotti)

HeadFirst Concussion Care, a program of Maryland-based Righttime Medical Care, was a sponsor of Hockey for Heroes, a charity ice hockey exhibition tournament held last weekend at the United States Naval Academy’s McMullen Ice Arena in Annapolis, Md.

A 24‐hour, round‐the‐clock tournament sponsored by the Navy Youth Hockey team, Hockey for Heroes raised awareness and provided financial support for Wounded Warrior Project and USA Warriors Ice Hockey, which was established in 2008 in partnership with Disabled American Veterans and based in Chevy Chase, Md.

Dozens of teams played from 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, including USA Warriors standing and sled hockey teams, Navy Youth Hockey teams, regional youth hockey teams, adult league teams, and local high school teams.

In addition to their sponsorship of the tournament, members of the HeadFirst team were on hand throughout the event educating spectators and players about the importance of preventing and managing mild traumatic brain injuries.

“HeadFirst Concussion Care is honored to offer support for the Hockey for Heroes tournament,” said Dr. Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D., chief executive officer of Righttime Medical Care. “We can’t think of anyone more deserving of our appreciation than America’s military veterans, who have so courageously fought to protect our country and our freedom.”

According to Hockey for Heroes volunteer organizers, the tournament raised more than $96,000 for Wounded Warrior Project and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey team, between online and on-site fundraising efforts. Both organizations will use the funds to provide recreational, therapeutic and educational programs and services for injured Armed Forces service members and veterans.

Hockey for Heroes Event Chair Amy Hitt said, “Watching the USA Warrior teams was downright amazing and emotional. We are directly impacting these men and women who have so bravely served our nation and made great sacrifices to protect our freedoms.”

HeadFirst Sports Injury and Concussion Care was founded by Dr. Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D., chief executive officer of Righttime Medical Care, to provide post-injury medical evaluations for patients of all ages. HeadFirst consists of a medical team trained in the evaluation and management of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), working with a consortium of local specialists. HeadFirst has been providing complementary ImPACT baseline testing for sports teams and individuals since opening in 2011, and supports trainers and coaches with a community concussion awareness program. Righttime Medical Care operates ten urgent care centers located in Anne Arundel, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties. All Righttime locations are open 365 days a year from 7 a.m. until midnight. For more information, visit myHeadFirst.com and myRighttime.com.

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