Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters:
We have officially reached the halfway point in 2014! For all of us at The Thomas E. Smith Foundation (TESF), it has been an incredibly quick, yet meaningful year thus far. With the transition into warmer weather now completed, we are excited to provide you with another update on the status of our projects, and how you are helping us reach our goals!
The 2nd quarter of 2014 marked another significant period of growth for the TESF, and the momentum we have created over the last three months will most certainly help us execute throughout the remainder of the year. Similar to our winter efforts, this year’s Q2 was truly about leveraging our expanding support network into a consolidated effort towards action and results. The special developments we have dedicated our time are beginning to take shape, and we are extremely proud of the relationships we have built and how they are helping us make more of an impact in our community.
Over the course of the year, The TESF’s mission has evolved into a dynamic platform that targets specific issues in the Spinal Cord Injury Community. Each facet of our preventative, motivational, and reactive mission is tied to #TEAMCUREPARALYSIS, the distinct group of advocates and supporters who are helping drive the cause forward.
With that said, check out some of our recent accomplishments below!
Krewella X Dance For Paralysis X Electric Family Donate FES Bike to LaNyia Johnson
April 29, 2014: Our philanthropic project Dance For Paralysis got the opportunity to travel to the home of LaNyia Johnson, a highly motivated and inspiring 19-year old who is working hard to recover from a spinal cord injury he sustained when he was just 13 years old.
Our visit to LaNyia’s home in Worcester was a special day for the Dance For Paralysis, as co-founders Thomas Smith and Tucker Mullin were joined by Krewella’s Yasmine and Jahan Yousaf. Having joined forces through the Dance for Paralysis partnership earlier this year, Krewella is committed to raising awareness and funding for the paralysis community from the proceeds of their Electric Family Artist Series Collaboration bracelet.
To honor LaNyia’s commitment, dedication and positive outlook, we are extremely happy to provide LaNyia with his very own $15,200 FES Bike; a vital component of his therapy program. In collaboration with Journey Forward founder Dan Cummings, Dance For Paralysis determined that the purchase of the FES Bike would allow LaNyia additional time to focus on more dynamic movements and aspects of therapy when on site at Journey Forward.
Bodyco’s (Middleton, MA) 6thAnnual Spin/Row-A-Thon Event
May 10, 2014: We were pleased at yet another great showing of local support as individuals and local businesses came together to raise close to $6,000 for the TESF. We are not only grateful for the support of our participants, but especially for the Bodyco event planning and coordination by Rick Nekoroski, Elena Luongo, Laura Chroma, Jody Lupien, Lauren Pasquale and Jesse Blackwell.
LOOK-UP LINE™ NEWS AND UPDATES
NCAA Hockey and USA Hockey Recognize The Look-Up Line
June 2014 marked one of the biggest months in the history of the TESF when NCAA and USA hockey acknowledged the Look-Up Line. The following motion was issued by USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, CO at their June 7, 2014 USA Hockey Annual Congress:
“USA Hockey recognizes the public interest on the use of a “Look-Up Line” painted on the ice surface in an effort to promote player safety. Ice facilities that wish to employ a “Look-Up Line” are permitted to do so and are encouraged to report any pertinent observations to the USA Hockey Look-Up Line Safety Task Force. A “Look-Up Line” colored a Pantone 151 [c] Safety Orange, is to be painted around the entire circumference of the ice surface. The “Look-Up Line” is to extend 40” inches in width from the bottom of the kick plate of the boards.”
In addition to the recognition of the LUL, USA Hockey has assembled The Look-Up Line Safety Task Force. This carefully selected task force will be co-chaired by TESF co-founder Thomas E. Smith and the highly respected Dr. Michael Stuart. The committee will also consist of members:
Phillips Andover Academy Implements the Look-Up Line
June 12, 2014: Phillips Andover Academy became the second rink in Massachusetts to install the Look-Up Line, after the Pingree School first did so in 2012. The effort was spearheaded by: TESF founders Thomas Smith and Tucker Mullin, Phillips Andover Athletic Director Mike Kuta, Mens Varsity Head Coach Dean Boylan, and Director of Rink Operations Benjamin Ruggles. Highlighting the significance between the installation at both Phillips Andover and Pingree, Co-Founder Tucker Mullin reflected on what it means to the TESF in his summer edition of the What Drives Us BLOG.
Mass Hockey Approves $50,000 subsidy to encourage LUL Installations
Massachusetts Hockey’s Board of Directors unanimously supported the Look-Up Line initiative that went before USA Hockey voters. On June 14, they approved a $50,000 subsidy to reimburse 100 Massachusetts rinks $500 each to install the Look-Up Line (the estimated the cost of the paint, plus shipping, is roughly $550).
“Massachusetts Hockey is following the permission that was granted by USA Hockey’s annual congress two weeks ago that will allow rinks to put the Look-Up Line in, and also encourage those rinks to share any data that they have related to injuries as a result,” said Kevin Kavanagh, executive director for Massachusetts Hockey. “I think it’s important that we do take a leadership role when there’s an opportunity to increase safety in the game.”
To view all the recent press on the TESF and the Look-Up Line please click the links below each:
ESPN Boston: CLICK HERE
New England Hockey Journal: CLICK HERE
Canadian Nightly News: CLICK HERE
FOX25 Boston: CLICK HERE
CBS Boston: CLICK HERE
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON: AUGUST 2014
As most of you know, each August tends to be the busiest time of the year for the TESF. We have some tremendous events lined up again this year, and would love to have you become a part of what we are doing!
5th Annual Just Cure Paralysis Golf Tournament – August 11, 2014
The Golf Club at Turner Hill- Ipswich, MA
10AM Registration, 11:00AM Shotgun Start
We are excited to host a full-field of golfers at our 5th Annual Tournament, and expect another great event this year. With the golf tournament serving as our annual summit for our supporters to hear what we are doing, we have now closed registration for golfers, but there are plenty of other great opportunities to become involved in the event.
-Join us for dinner (Hosted by NESN’s Jenny Johnson)
-Become a corporate level sponsor (Contact Tucker@justcureparalysis.org)
-Become a hole sponsor (Deadline August 4th)
-Donate Raffle/Auction Items
42nd Annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race – August 17, 2014
Course Information: Woods Hole Community Center to Grand Avenue at Falmouth Heights Beach (7 miles)
Race Start Time: 9:00AM
With just under a month away from the Falmouth Road Race and we are excited to have such a great team of supporters and advocates running on our behalf! As part of#TEAMCUREPARALYSIS, our runners know that not only are they serving a crucial element in our fundraising, they are also making the trek across Falmouth for those with spinal cord injuries. The funds raised through this year’s race will help future grant recipients receive funding for resources such as physical therapy, adaptive rehabilitation equipment, private nursing care, transportation and home modifications.
If you’re able to contribute our cause, please check out our fantastic team of individuals by following this CrowdRise LINK!
As we look forward to continued growth in the second half of 2014, it is certainly appropriate to reflect back on the amazing support we receive before moving forward. As always, we truly appreciate your advocacy and belief in our cause and we know there is a lot left for us to accomplish together!
Thank you from all of us at The Thomas E. Smith Foundation!