The National Women’s Hockey League is proud to support the Headway Foundation during the organization’s Concussion Awareness Week that begins today and continues through Sunday, Feb. 2.
NWHL players are signing the Headway Foundation’s “New Tough” pact, committing to recognizing the severity of concussions and taking proper action to heal rather than play through them.
“This is a cause that all of us in the NWHL take seriously, and we want to bring further awareness to the incredible efforts of the Headway Foundation to promote a safer culture – not just in hockey, but in every sport,” said Michelle Picard, NWHL Deputy Commissioner and Director of Player Development. “We are proud to stand as leaders in changing the conversation around concussions.”
Among the inspirations for the NWHL’s commitment to the Headway Foundation and Concussion Awareness Week is Josephine Pucci, who is one of the organization’s co-founders. A former defender at Harvard and the U.S. National Team, Pucci is a member of the NWHL’s Player Safety Committee. During her playing career, she sustained a serious head injury, but recovered and went on to win a silver medal with Team USA at the Olympics in Sochi.
NWHL players will wear Headway Foundation bracelets during the games this weekend between the Pride and Whitecaps in Minnesota, and the Whale and Riveters in New Jersey, and are signing the “New Tough” pact. Among the first to sign up earlier this week were Rebecca Morse, Brooke Avery, Nicole Arnold and Madison Packer of the Riveters.
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“Headway is thrilled to have the NWHL involved in our fourth annual Concussion Awareness Week,” said Nic Pierog of the Headway Foundation. “We are excited about our continued partnership with the NWHL as the first professional league with full participation over the last two years. The league sets an important example for youth hockey players who someday aspire to play at the highest levels. #NewTough”