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SAAC and CAN Recover Foundation To Host First Concussion Awareness Game

SAAC and CAN Recover Foundation To Host First Concussion Awareness Game

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the CAN (Concussion Awareness Network) Recover Foundation, Inc. is teaming up to host the first concussion awareness game at this Saturday's men's lacrosse contest against New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Springfield College at 1 p.m.

CAN Recover was founded in 2013 by former Babson men's lacrosse player and current senior Aaron Rocha and former Army men's ice hockey player Mike Santee, who was college teammates with Rocha's brother.  Both Rocha and Santee sustained concussions that ultimately prevented them from playing the sports they love.

"CAN Recover's mission is to provide effective support for student-athletes suffering post-concussion syndrome," said Rocha.  "The foundation also strives to educate the community about the effects of concussions on young athletes and help expedite clinical research efforts."

CAN Recover's focus is to assist student-athletes with the emotional challenges of recovery, which Rocha knows much about.  In the fall of his sophomore year, he suffered a concussion playing lacrosse that took five months to recover from.  Exactly one year after his first concussion, he suffered a second while playing lacrosse and is still feeling the effects from it a year and a half later.

"Studies have shown that a student-athlete suffering post-concussion syndrome would find another student-athlete who has experienced it firsthand to be more empathetic, trustworthy and effective when discussing concussions," said Rocha.  "CAN Recover is the first and only organization to provide that service."

This Saturday will be the foundation's first public fundraising event, and Rocha hopes it will provide an opportunity to get their name out there while bringing in funds to raise awareness about the reality of concussions and provide future clinical studies.

CAN Recover will have a tent and table set up at the entrance of the field where donations will be accepted, including incentivized gifts such as a branded hat for gifts $25 and above.  There will also be a halftime lacrosse toss competition, where people can purchase tennis balls for $1 apiece for opportunities to win prizes for the balls that land closest to the midfield face-off X in the center of the Babson B.  People who purchase five or more balls will receive a bumper sticker.

On the other end of the field from CAN Recover will be a table staffed by SAAC members, who will be providing free lacrosse pinnies with CAN Recover's logo co-branded with the SAAC logo.  Additionally, both Babson and Springfield players will don gray warm-up shirts promoting the first concussion awareness game.

CAN Recover has already taken great strides in a short period of time, including finishing as the undergraduate runner-up in the Blank Center's B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action) Challenge earlier this month.  The B.E.T.A. Challenge focuses on action: the major milestones each business has achieved to date and the credibility of future goals.

CAN Recover is also partnering with Boston Children's Hospital, which began a sports concussion clinic in 2007, and the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) led by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu.  SLI is a Boston-based non-profit organization founded in 2007 whose mission is to advance the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.

More information on CAN Recover can be found on their Facebook page and Twitter account