Caring for Kids: It’s Our Mission Beyond the Gridiron
The NFL Alumni is a charitable organization composed of former professional football players guided in their volunteer efforts by the mission statement “Caring for Kids,” and who are dedicated to work on behalf of youth and charity. The Northern California Chapter is based in Redwood City, California, and conducts events at its headquarters office and throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Alumnus of the Month (April 2016 – Dennis Brown)
A second-round pick and Gold-rush Rookie of the Year for the San Francisco 49ers in 1990, Dennis Brown played defensive end for seven seasons with the team, which included their 1995 Superbowl XXIX Championship win. That same year, his teammates named him recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, a prestigious honor recognizing his commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage through the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in support of children’s causes. Prior to his professional career, Brown was a legendary defensive lineman and alumnus of Long Beach Jordan High School and the University of Washington.
Following his retirement from the NFL, Dennis has been a four-time winner of the San Francisco 49ers Community Relations Alumni Service Award, Ambassador for USA Heads up Football, and an Alumni Representative for the San Francisco 49ers. He serves on the board of the San Mateo (PAL) Police Athletic League as well as on the Players Advisory Board of the NFL Alumni Northern California.
Each year, he donates countless hours to bring joy to those in need – volunteering at homeless shelters, with foster youth, serving meals to the hungry on Thanksgiving, and just listening. Caring, thoughtful and generous, he places no limits with his time or money.
Today Dennis is a Sports Analyst for Comcast Sports Net, lives in San Mateo, and is the proud father of two, Darienne and Derrick.
Fred Willis Talks About NFL Brotherhood and Increasing the Quality of Life for Retired NFL Players
Fred Willis, former NFL Player, and Founder, President & CEO of HPN Neurologic recently visited the NFL ALumni Northern California Chapter to talk about raising awareness and consciousness for retired NFL players suffering the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome/TBI/CTE.
Repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), such as that experienced by Retired NFL Players, has been associated with the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Fred and his associates at HPN Neurologic invited former players in the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in HPN Neurologic Clinical Treatment Trial Studies and receive a Free Intake Evaluation.
“I want to thank my NFL Brothers in Northern California for their courage to face the serious cognitive impairment issues (Post-Concussion Syndrome) that appears to affect so many former retired NFL players. I would also like to thank Dr. Eileen Roberts and Dr. Kimberly Bell and their staff for showing such responsibility and attention to the health, well-being, and safety of my NFL brothers. And finally special thanks to two amazing men, Dave August and Russ Isaacson of the NFL Alumni Northern California office in Redwood City for their display of kindness and concern for everyone who attended. To them I say ‘the power of giving is your ticket to changing the world.'” -Fred Willis Former NFL Player and Founder, CEO HPN Neurologic
For more info on Fred Willis and HPN Neurologic’s focus on the increasing of the quality of life side of post-football related issues and treatment of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, TBI/CTE, visit HPN Neurologic’s HPN Concussion Management web site.
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