NFL donates in effort for safer game
Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Sports
Wednesday marked monetary history for the NFL as it passed on a donation of $30 million for research carried out by the National Institutes of Health. The grant is the largest sum given out in the history of the NFL and is also worth more than the past five years worth of donations to the foundation.
The NFL dishes out about $1.5 million a year to the study of almost every type of injury related to football and it is calculated that the last five years have seen about $7.5 million put towards medical research.
The money all originates from the NFL player care foundation which began its donations in 2007, providing around $2.8 million year round to medical related research as well as health tests for current players.
The only other contribution was to Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which went toward research centered on the brains of football players, mostly for signs of degenerative disease.
It seems as if a large sum of the money that is donated can also be traced to athletic equipment safety in order to avoid a mass quantity of concussions among players. But some of the funds also find their way to organizations dealing with steroid education- $2.6 million through the Atlas and Athena program and $3 million written out for the Partnership for Clean Competition.
So all in all while most of the money that is handed out to charities deals with accidental injuries some of the revenue finds its way to the study of self inflicted dilemmas.
As long as the 32 teams that make up the NFL continue to rake in the approximate $1 million each, the foundation can continue its almost $10 million yearly donations to keep America’s favorite players healthy and safe.
Senior Staff Writer