ECAC Hockey and Headway Foundation Team for Concussion Awareness Week

ECAC Hockey and Headway Foundation Team for Concussion Awareness Week

ALBANY, N.Y. - For the third consecutive season, ECAC Hockey and the Headway Foundation have partnered for a Concussion Awareness Weekend, which will take place this year on February 1-2, 2019. During this weekend’s action, all ECAC Hockey men and women will be wearing Headway stickers on their helmets to promote a “New Tough Campaign.”

Players from the 24 ECAC Hockey programs will be joining their fellow-student athletes from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and the National College Hockey Conference (NCHC) on this initiative. 

"We are thrilled to see the growth and participation of so many collegiate hockey teams during our third annual Concussion Awareness Weekend, said Paige Decker, co-founder of the Headway Foundation and former Yale hockey player. “The sheer number of athletes rallying behind this weekend is a testament to the progress being made about the proper ways to handle concussions in sports, and we are grateful to be involved with the movement.”

The goal of the 2019 Concussion Awareness Week is to promote a safer sports culture surrounding concussions through Heeadway’s ‘New Tough’ campaign, spread awareness, and provide educational resources for student-athletes.

"This event is really about promoting a safer sports culture surrounding concussions. As athletes who have experienced long-term post-concussion symptoms, we understand how important it is to handle this injury properly,” explains Co-Founder of Headway, Paige Decker. “This includes everything from prevention and timely symptom reporting to proper treatment, support and recovery. We understand that removal from play when a concussion is suspected is often the mentally tougher but necessary thing to do, and we want to facilitative a productive dialogue around this subject." 

The New Tough Campaign challenges athletes to handle concussions properly, understanding that it’s often the harder thing to do. They’re challenging athletes to find “a new type of toughness” - to go against their instinct as an athlete, and put brain-health first.

“We are pleased to once again partner with the Headway Foundation to help publicize Concussion Awareness Week,” said ECAC Hockey Commissioner, Steve Hagwell. “Player safety is our top priority, and since its inception, Headway has done an excellent job of increasing awareness about the challenges concussions pose to athletes."

Fans are encouraged to get involved this weekend as well by joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewTough, or by donating to the Headway Foundation HERE

What is 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. 

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Who is 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 or send an email to