London Concussion Project
The Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada (CLFC) launched the London Concussion Project, an innovative education and prevention initiative designed to make sports safer for young London athletes as its first community based project.
The London Concussion Project includes our signature programs. More information on these programs here.
Working in partnership with Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and local business leaders and sponsors DMA Rehability, GForce Tracker and Foster Townsend Graham & Associates, CLFC aims to engage young athletes and their families across London to build greater awareness of the importance of safe sport.
“The London Concussion Project is purposely designed to be a case study for any community that wants to keep its young athletes safe through the generous contribution of local business leaders and the commitment of local universities, professional teams, and youth sports organizations,” says Tim Fleiszer, Executive Director of CLFC.
“As an athlete who grew up in Ontario and attended Western, I am willing to do what I can to make sports safer for young athletes in my community. I was once in their shoes and want them to have the same opportunities that I did. Sports have been an extremely positive influence in my life. To be part of a project that seeks to create a model of how to properly manage concussions within our community is something we should all be proud of,” says Andy Fantuz.
Rowan's Legacy Project
CLFC launched Rowan's Legacy Project in Fall 2017 as an expansion of the community based programming established in London, ON. Rowan’s Legacy project is named for Rowan Stringer, a 17 year-old rugby player from Ottawa, who tragically passed away from a brain injury.
Together with local educational institutions, volunteers, medical professionals, and government representatives we are working to solve the concussion crisis in Canada. Rowan's Legacy Project includes all of our signature awareness and education programming found here.
CLFC supported Rowan's Law and the development of further education, prevention, and research opportunities across the country.
In 2019, CLFC received a $105,000 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, & Sport with a matching gift from Anthem Sports & Entertainment to facilitate in person Team Up school visits, community symposia, and hands on “Brains and Brawn” skills camps for youth athletes, coaches, parents, etc. Simultaneously, a digital campaign will be created and related to emphasize the many aspects of brain injury in the community. This project will run September 2019 through March 2020.
In conjunction with the uOttawa Brain & Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI), CLFC hosted the first annual Rowan’s Legacy Research Symposium on October 19th, 2017. This free community event seeks to educate community members on a variety of hot topics surrounding head injuries through short talks and panels from esteemed researchers, physicians, advocates, athletes, and policy makers.
Our hope is that Ottawa athletes will be able to experience the joys of playing sports and continue to learn the life lessons uniquely taught on the field, while reducing the risks associated with head injuries. The Stringer family has worked diligently to share Rowan's story to this end.
We will continue to work with the Stringers to relentlessly pursue Rowan Stringer's legacy - making Canadian sports safer.
The Shield Project (Le Bouclier)
In June 2018, CLFC joined forces with Le Bouclier to expand the reach of head injury prevention strategies to French-Canadians across Canada. All of CLFC’s outreach programs are now available in both French and English. More than 100 prevention events will be operated in French in 2018, ensuring that francophone athletes are now able to access the same resources as their anglophone counterparts.