Somerville High School soccer players to receive Team Up Day speech Tuesday morning


WHAT: Somerville High School’s boys and girls soccer teams will gather Tuesday morning to hear the Team Up Day speech from Michelle Kelly, ATC and District Coordinator for Concussion Management, and to hear background on Team Up Day from Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski.


Team Up Day is a national concussion awareness day that asks coaches, captains and medical teams to Team Up & Speak Up to Fight Concussions by giving a speech to their athletes stressing that a good teammate looks out for symptoms of concussions in their teammates and has a responsibility to speak up to a coach if they suspect their teammate has a concussion. The message is inspired by a speech found buried in the 1905 diary of Harvard Football coach Bill Reid, who wrote that his team doctor delivered this message to the team before the season. It is a speech that has been largely lost to history, and Team Up Day aims to bring it back. Organizations and schools representing over 2 million youth athletes have pledged to participate on Team Up Day.


In Massachusetts, Team Up Day is part of ThinkTaylor/MIAA Concussion Awareness Week in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation and the Massachusetts Concussion Management Coalition (MCMC). The Somerville High School soccer players will be wearing ThinkTaylor wristbands as a symbol of their commitment to be educated, honest and supportive when it comes to concussions.


WHO: Concussion Legacy Foundation co-founder and CEO Chris Nowinski; District Coordinator of Concussion Management and Somerville High School Athletic Trainer Michelle Kelly; boys varsity soccer coach George Scarpelli; girls varsity soccer coach Tony Arias; Athletic Director Nicole Viele; Headmaster John Oteri; Director of Student Services Rich Melilo; Somerville High School boys and girls soccer players.


WHERE: Outside Somerville High School Main Entrance

81 Highland Ave.

Somerville, MA 02143


WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.


Concussion Legacy Foundation contact:

Tyler Maland

Marketing & Communications Manager

Concussion Legacy Foundation

O: (781) 790-1921 x103; C: (802) 380-8774


Somerville High School contact:

Michelle Kelly, MS, ATC, LAT

District Coordinator for Concussion Management

Head Athletic Trainer

ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer

Somerville High School

81 Highland Ave.

Somerville, MA 02143

617-625-6600 ext 6160

Fax 617-629-4763

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About the Concussion Legacy Foundation: 

The Concussion Legacy Foundation (formerly the Sports Legacy Institute) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston. It was founded in 2007 by Robert Cantu, MD, and Christopher Nowinski to solve the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups. The Concussion Legacy Foundation is a collaborator with Boston University’s CTE Program. For more information, please visit


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