A panel discussion about sports head injuries on Sunday, May 22, at Forest Hills County Club, will pay tribute to legendary football player Dave Duerson. The event is part of fund-raising events for Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center in Richmond, Ind.
Both events are scheduled at Forest Hills Country Club. They will be hosted by Allen Pinkett, who starred at Notre Dame and in the NFL and now is a radio announcer for the Irish. Duerson was scheduled to lead the golf classic, but unexpectedly passed away in February.
The Muncie native was an all-American safety at Notre Dame before going on to play for two Super Bowl champions. He is an inductee into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame. Concussions he received during his football career are believed to have played a contributing role in his death.
Panelists will include Pinkett, Indianapolis Colts team physician Henry Feuer and Alicia Duerson, who was married to Dave Duerson for 26 years. Feuer has served on the NFL Committee on Concussions. The panel also will include former NFL players Paul Flatley and Vagas Ferguson, plus Richard Bryant, president of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.
The moderator will be Dr. Brad Barrett from General Surgeons Inc. in Richmond. Barrett worked as a student trainer for Notre Dame when Duerson played there.
The cost for the memorial discussion is $35. Admission is included with golf registration. The discussion starts at 6 p.m. A social hour, silent auction and hors d’ouevres start at 5 p.m..
First Bank Richmond, Reid Hospital & Health Services, Tiedemann-Bevs Industries, Studebaker Buick-GMC and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame are sponsors of the event.
Players and other event sponsors are welcome.
A live auction after the discussion will feature gifts that include four rounds of golf at major PGA tournament sites in Ohio: Firestone Country Club and Muirfield Village Golf Club. Another package includes tickets, hotel accommodations and an invitation to the Wernle Tailgate Party at the Notre Dame football home opener on Sept. 3 against South Florida.
Other honored guests at the Coaches for Kids event have included co-founder Del Harris, singer Charley Pride, football coach Tyrone Willingham and college basketball coaches Steve Alford, Mike Brey, Tom Crean and Kelvin Sampson.
Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.
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