NFLPA to Host Gala to Benefit Korey Stringer Institute

 “Players Helping Players” gala on April 23, 2013 will benefit the KSI on its third anniversary.

Author: NFLPA Communications & The Korey Stringer Institute Posted: 4/5/2013 

The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) is pleased to announce that the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) will host the “Players Helping Players” gala on April 23, 2013 in recognition of the KSI’s third anniversary. 

Individuals expected to speak at the event include Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Kelci Stringer. Additionally, three individuals will be recognized for their significant contributions in preventing sudden death in sports. A silent auction benefitting the KSI will feature items ranging from all-expense-paid vacations to autographed sports memorabilia. In addition to Doughty, Zak DeOssie (New York Giants), Spencer Paysinger (New York Giants), Jake Scott (Free Agent) and Mickey Washington (Former Player) will attend. More active and former NFL player guests will be announced closer to the event. 

The benefit will take place in New York City two days before the NFL Draft. Football fans and others passionate about this great cause can buy tickets online now:

During the past three years, the KSI has partnered with the NFL, NFLPA, Gatorade, Timex, Camelbak and other professional organizations such as National Athletic Trainers Association, American College Sports Medicine and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

Located on the University of Connecticut’s main campus in Storrs, Conn., the KSI has played a crucial role in the success of several states and organizations mandating safe and effective heat acclimatization guidelines.  In just three years, the NCAA, NFL and the states of New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Arizona and Connecticut have adopted the KSI’s recommended heat acclimatization guidelines.  This past year, the KSI was invited to attend the Youth Sports Safety Summit in Washington, D.C. in efforts to promote legislation focused on protecting America’s youth athletes. Since its launch in 2011, the KSI has also conducted more than 10 funded research studies resulting in numerous publications. The KSI is also responsible for publishing Preventing Sudden Death, a textbook that explores the main causes of sudden death in sport. 

The Korey Stringer Institute is housed in the Neag School of Education’s department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. UConn’s Department of Kinesiology faculty members are renowned for their research and expertise in the area of athlete health and safety. Founded by Kelci Stringer, the institute is named after Korey Stringer, an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings who died of exertional heat stroke in August 2001. 

The mission of the KSI is to provide first-rate information, resources, assistance and advocacy for the promotion of preventing sudden death in sport via health and safety initiatives.  The KSI serves the needs of active people and athletes at all levels – youth, high school, college, professional and recreational athletes – people who are physically active, and those who supervise and care for these individuals. Components of these services include: consultations, advocacy, education, research, athlete testing, and mass-market outreach. 

For more information, visit the KSI’s website at For more information about the event please visit

Media Contact Information:

Rebecca Stearns at or 860.486.0275

Korey Stringer SaveTheDate



About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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