CLEVELAND, OH — This year, runners have raised more than $165,000 for the Concussion Legacy Foundation through the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon’s Charity Partners program.
The program aims to support athletes, veterans, and those affected by concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma. As well as to achieve smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation, and end CTE through prevention and research.
Previously in 2020, a group of approximately 40 runners raised just over $50,000 for the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) by running the Cleveland Marathon. The group has expanded to more than 70 runners from across the country and has raised more than $165,000 this year, owing to the event’s virtual option.
The group was initiated by Josh Staph, son of Cleveland Marathon director Jack Staph, and Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of CLF.
It started when Staph and Nowinski played football together at Harvard University, and they saw an opportunity to raise money for the organization through the marathon’s Charity Partners program.
“We love partnering with the Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon to raise funds to help those impacted by concussions and CTE. Our vision is a world without CTE and concussion safety without compromise, and this event provides a powerful opportunity to bring awareness to the causes, consequences and prevention of head trauma,” said Nowinski.
Furthermore, they recruited some of their former classmates to join them. Since then, they have recruited teams from other universities, including Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Princeton, Notre Dame, Vassar, Michigan, West Point, and many more. Each team runs in memory of someone who passed away with CTE.
The teams also include some popular names in the entertainment and sports worlds, including actor Ben Koldyke, national sports reporter Jeremy Schaap, former professional boxer George Foreman III, tennis pro-James Blake, former NHL player Ben Lovejoy, and former NFL players Reggie Williams, Gary Fencik, Chas Gessner, Ross Tucker, and Sean Morey.
You can find out more about opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities at https://www.clevelandmarathon.com/sponsors-charities.aspx.