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WCHA Men's and Women's League teams will again help promote the "New Tough" campaign
WCHA Partners With Headway Foundation For Concussion Awareness Week, Jan. 24-Feb. 2
WCHA Men's and Women's League teams will again help promote the "New Tough" campaign

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – January 24, 2020 – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to partner with the Headway Foundation for a Concussion Awareness Week from Jan. 24-Feb. 2. The goal of the coming week is to provide a platform for players to unite in creating a positive mental shift in athletes' approach to concussions.

The WCHA is joining student-athletes from ECAC Hockey and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for Headway Foundation's fourth annual Concussion Awareness Week. This year, Headway has rallied more than 10,000 athletes from around the world in promoting player safety, and the WCHA is happy to once again play a part!

Student-athletes from the WCHA's 10 Men's League schools and seven Women's League teams will be participating in a variety of ways. Players are encouraged to make the Headway Foundation "New Tough Pact," a commitment to: Report possible concussion symptoms and stay patient during recovery; encourage brain-injured teammates to seek help and offer support while they heal; and, play the game within its rules (avoiding illegal hits from behind, and to the back). Athletes will also be signing Headway banners in promoting school commitment to awareness - serving as an ongoing symbol moving forward of each team's involvement. Teams are also encouraged to share their support and help raise awareness via social media - in total, over the past week, nearly 5,000 athletes have taken "New Tough Challenge" online to show support!

For more information on Headway Foundation, visit: http://headwayfoundation.com/

About the New Tough Campaign

The center for Disease Control Reports that Approximately 69% of student-athletes neglect to report possible concussion symptoms. New Tough is a campaign that addresses this by refraining and broadening an athlete's definition of toughness. It challenges athletes to handle concussion properly by encouraging symptom reporting, offering avenues for teammates to support each other and promoting safe play. Read more here: http://headwayfoundation.com/what-is-new-tough-2

About the Headway Foundation

Headway Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit addressing sports concussions. It was founded by three former ECAC Hockey student-athletes who endured concussions during collegiate play - Paige Decker (Yale Women's Hockey '14), Josephine Pucci (Harvard Women's Hockey '15 and Sochi Olympian) and Danny Otto (Yale Men's Hockey '12). To contact the Headway Foundation, you can visit their Web site at www.headwayfoundation.com or send an email to info@headwayfoundation.com.

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's League

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, is marking its 68th season of men's competition in 2019-20. The 10-team NCAA Division I conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats).

About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League

The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 21st season in 2019-20. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 101 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers).

For more information, visit wcha.com.