Former Minnesota Vikings standout Chad Greenway will be the featured speaker at a public event this Sunday to support sports concussion research.
“Ahead of the Game: How Concussion Studies Can Make Sports Safer” will be held Feb. 11 from 3-5 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon. The free event, featuring an expert panel and interactive exhibits, is presented by Argus Leader Media and Sanford Health.
“It’s important to get as much information as possible,” said Greenway, who retired last March following an 11-year NFL career. “We need to understand that every hit is different, every angle is different, and we need to analyze how that affects young athletes. The technology is there.”
The Mount Vernon native will headline a panel that also includes Sanford Power Riggs Premier Football Academy coordinator Kurtiss Riggs, Augustana University football coach Jerry Olszewski, Dr. Thanye Munce of the Sanford Sports Science Institute and Dr. Kate Higgins, a neuropsychologist with Sanford Health. Argus Leader columnist Stu Whitney will serve as moderator.
Argus Leader Media and Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have teamed up on a series of stories exploring various topics and angles around the concussion discussion, an effort aimed at better informing parents and athletes.
Sunday's event will include a chance to win a football signed by Greenway, as well as booths and exhibits from football helmet manufacturer Riddell, South Dakota Junior Football and the Riggs Premier Football Academy.
The first 100 attendees will also receive a signed mini-football from Greenway, a University of Iowa alum who ranks fourth in Vikings history with 1,101 tackles. The team named Greenway their Community Man of the Year four times for his work through his Lead the Way Foundation.