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StaffStaffMay 8, 2020
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Today Athletes For CARE (A4C) announced a partnership with LeagueSide to launch #SaveYouthSports, a funding initiative for youth sports.

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on families and organizations, youth sports programs across the country are suffering. More than half of youth sports programs are at risk of permanent shut-down leaving more than 20 million children without access.

In order to save youth sports, Athletes for CARE and LeagueSide are embarking on a fundraising campaign to help raise much needed funds to preserve youth sports organizations throughout North America. 

“As an organization of more than 200 professional athletes whose athletic careers started in youth sports, we understand the importance of these programs. Children who participate in sports learn significant life skills, make friends, stay active, and for some, athletic programs provide a safe haven from abuse or neglect at home,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director of Athletes for CARE.

“Canceled leagues and tournaments result in lost revenue for organizers (predominately non-profits).” said Evan Brandoff, Co-Founder and CEO of LeagueSide. “Families are asking for refunds and youth sports organizations’ bank accounts are running dry, this compounds the problem of non-participation among children from low income families who are already 400% more likely to quit a sport due to costs,” He added. 

Athletes for CARE Ambassadors are proud to be rallying together to support this immediate need, and #SaveYouthSports. Each and every athlete has been impacted by youth sports which has served as the foundation for their professional careers. 

“Losing youth sports is devastating due to so many kids missing out on building critical life-long skills such as discipline and teamwork as well as how to win and lose in life with grace. Great leaders I meet in all walks of life share how sports has given them the ability to fail and lose but still rise up for victory!,” said NFL Hall of Famer and “NFL 100” Member, Ronnie Lott.

“Youth sports changed my life. It taught me self-confidence, self-efficiency and independence. I played adaptive sports in an able-bodied world, and the impact of my relationships to my teammates was inclusive and helped me become who I am today,” said Kaitlyn Verfuerth, Team USA Paralympian 2004, 2008 and 2016 Wheelchair Tennis.

“As a kid I was bullied on a daily basis due to a bad skin disease. Playing youth sports helped me redirect the anger I had for the bullies, and channel that anger towards track & field and Martial arts.” Said Bas Rutten, Former MMA, Kickboxer and Wrestler. “Youth sports taught me to listen to instructions, discipline, interacting with other kids, improved my cognitive skills, more importantly, it gave me a purpose and later in life a profession. I was a super hyper kid, what they now call ADD, so playing youth sports helped not only me, but also my family and everybody around me from going nuts.” Rutten added. 

“As an adolescent my vision for getting out of Louisiana was to utilize my athletic skills to create a platform which would grant me the opportunity to receive an education scholastically, so I worked my tail off in middle school and high school.” Said Leonard A Marshall Jr., Former NFL Defensive Lineman. “My youth sports experience on the football, baseball, and basketball fields allowed me to gain the discipline to play professionally and also develop the character of a competitor with many of my friends.” he added. 

Corporate sponsors and individuals who recognize the value of youth sports are encouraged to donate to #SaveYouthSports and participate in sharing the campaign. For more information on getting involved or contributing to #SaveYouthSports, visit www.saveyouthsports2020.com.

 


AxisWireAxisWireMay 8, 2020
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The Athlete-Founded Non-Profit Is Collaborating With LeagueSide, The Nation’s Leading Youth Sports Sponsorship Platform, To Generate Immediate Assistance for Youth Sports Across the Country

Philadelphia, Pa. – May 7, 2020 /AxisWire/ Athletes For CARE(A4C), in partnership with LeagueSide, is proud to launch #SaveYouthSports, a funding initiative for youth sports. Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on families and organizations, youth sports programs across the country are suffering. More than half of youth sports programs are at risk of permanent shut-down leaving more than 20 million children without access.

In order to save youth sports, Athletes for CARE and LeagueSide are embarking on a fundraising campaign to help raise much needed funds to preserve youth sports organizations throughout North America.

“As an organization of more than 200 professional athletes whose athletic careers started in youth sports, we understand the importance of these programs. Children who participate in sports learn significant life skills, make friends, stay active, and for some, athletic programs provide a safe haven from abuse or neglect at home,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director of Athletes for CARE.

“Canceled leagues and tournaments result in lost revenue for organizers (predominately non-profits).” said Evan Brandoff, Co-Founder and CEO of LeagueSide. “Families are asking for refunds and youth sports organizations’ bank accounts are running dry, this compounds the problem of non-participation among children from low income families who are already 400% more likely to quit a sport due to costs,” He added.

Athletes for CARE Ambassadorsare proud to be rallying together to support this immediate need, and #SaveYouthSports. Each and every athlete has been impacted by youth sports which has served as the foundation for their professional careers.

“Losing youth sports is devastating due to so many kids missing out on building critical life-long skills such as discipline and teamwork as well as how to win and lose in life with grace. Great leaders I meet in all walks of life share how sports has given them the ability to fail and lose but still rise up for victory!,” said NFL Hall of Famer and “NFL 100” Member, Ronnie Lott.

“Youth sports changed my life. It taught me self-confidence, self-efficiency and independence. I played adaptive sports in an able-bodied world, and the impact of my relationships to my teammates was inclusive and helped me become who I am today,” said Kaitlyn Verfuerth, Team USA Paralympian 2004, 2008 and 2016 Wheelchair Tennis.

“As a kid I was bullied on a daily basis due to a bad skin disease. Playing youth sports helped me redirect the anger I had for the bullies, and channel that anger towards track & field and Martial arts.” Said Bas Rutten, Former MMA, Kickboxer and Wrestler. “Youth sports taught me to listen to instructions, discipline, interacting with other kids, improved my cognitive skills, more importantly, it gave me a purpose and later in life a profession. I was a super hyper kid, what they now call ADD, so playing youth sports helped not only me, but also my family and everybody around me from going nuts.” Rutten added.

“As an adolescent my vision for getting out of Louisiana was to utilize my athletic skills to create a platform which would grant me the opportunity to receive an education scholastically, so I worked my tail off in middle school and high school.” Said Leonard A Marshall Jr., Former NFL Defensive Lineman. “My youth sports experience on the football, baseball, and basketball fields allowed me to gain the discipline to play professionally and also develop the character of a competitor with many of my friends.” he added.

Corporate sponsors and individuals who recognize the value of youth sports are encouraged to donate to #SaveYouthSports and participate in sharing the campaign. For more information on getting involved or contributing to #SaveYouthSports, visit www.saveyouthsports2020.com.

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2016 by passionate professional athletes who recognized the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellness of the more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, we are improving health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information, please visit www.athletesforcare.org, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook. 

About Leagueside

LeagueSide is the nation’s leading youth sports sponsorship platform. Brands including Comcast, Post Cereal, and Dunkin’ use LeagueSide’s platform in order to achieve their marketing and community impact goals. Leaguside’s mission is to make youth sports more accessible in order to give every kid the opportunity to play. For more information, please visit https://leagueside.com/, Twitter,Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook.

 

For Further Information:

USA Media

Patrick Martin

MATTIO Communications

424-381-6017

patrick@mattio.com

Canadian Media

Jessica Moran

Volunteer PR & Marketing Director

Athletes for CARE

519-494-5379

publicistjess@gmail.com

 


Video StaffVideo StaffNovember 4, 2019

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Riley Cote is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. Upon retiring from the Philadelphia Flyers Riley founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cannabis/hemp as a viable renewable resource. Cote is a co-founder of Athletes For Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. Cote is currently launching a product line – BodyChek Wellness, a line of hemp-based personal care products whose mission is to optimize everyday performance and challenge individuals to rethink the healing process. The line reinforces Cote’s passion to help individuals discover safe nontoxic methods for pain management and self-healing.

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AxisWireAxisWireJuly 16, 2019
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Bethlehem, Penn. (July 16, 2019) — A first-of-its-kind hockey tournament, the Hemp Heals “The Hemp Cup,” will be educating participants on the benefits of using cannabis products to aid in athletic performance. Open to the public ages 18 and up, the tournament includes round robin and playoff play, and will conclude with a panel led by former professional athletes and cannabis industry experts.

Riley Cote, retired Philadelphia Flyers left winger and founder of BodyChek Wellness and nonprofits the Hemp Heals Foundation and Athletes for CARE, will kick-off the panel discussion by explaining the benefits of CBD and how the products can positively impact an athlete’s physical health and overall well-being. Cote founded BodyChek based on his first-hand experience using hemp products to naturally manage pain and aid in recovery.

Attendees can also expect a Q&A session, live music, hemp giveaways and special guest appearances. Media attendance is welcome and encouraged.

 

What: The Hemp Cup

  • Hemp Heals Hockey Tournament
  • Educational cannabis and hemp panel featuring former professional athletes and leading industry experts

When: Saturday, July 27, 2019

The run of show for the day is as follows:

  • 7:00 a.m.: eight-team round robin hockey tournament begins
  • 4:15 p.m.: playoffs are expected to begin; appetizers and networking available
  • 5:00 p.m.: panel discussion
  • Riley Cote, former Philadelphia Flyer and founder of BodyChek Wellness and the Hemp Heals Foundation
  • Two-time Stanley Cup champion and former left wing for the Philadelphia Flyers, Dan Carcillo
  • Arron Asham, former right wing for the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dr. Bruce Nicholson
  • Grassroots Education and Outreach Director, Sarah Locklund
  • 5:45 p.m.: audience Q&A
  • 6:00 p.m.: music and networking
  • 8:00 p.m.: live music begins

Where: Steel Ice Center

320 E. 1st. Street

Bethlehem, PA 18015

Interview Opportunities:

  • Riley Cote, retired NHL athlete and founder of BodyChek Wellness, the Hemp Heals Foundation and Athletes for CARE, will be available to speak about the benefits of CBD, specifically for sports recovery and general well-being, BodyChek Wellness and the mission of his nonprofits.
  • Panel participants
  • Hockey tournament participants

About the Hemp Heals Foundation

The Hemp Heals Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by former NHL player, Riley Cote. Through education and innovation, the organization supports sustainable agriculture practices, sustainable health and clean natural medicine, while focusing on a holistic approach to optimum health. Guided by the core belief that keeping our bodies nourished with more plant-based whole foods helps keep our mind, body and spirit healthy, the Hemp Heals Foundation is working to build and sustain a healthier society and planet. To learn more about the Hemp Heals Foundation, visit hemphealsfoundation.com.

About BodyChek Wellness

BodyChek Wellness, founded in 2017 by former NHL player Riley Cote, develops high-quality, sustainable hemp-derived products that support positive change, balance and recovery in individuals from all walks of life. The company lives by the philosophy that there is an athlete in all of us and everyone can benefit from a natural solution for pain relief, improved sleep, and mental health management. By implementing BodyChek products into a larger wellness regimen, BodyChek’s hope is that individuals experience a better road to recovery and achieve balance, something every body deserves. For more information about the company and its products, visit bodychekwellness.com.

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping athletes find support, opportunity and purpose after a career in sports. Founded in 2016, A4C creates a community to help athletes leverage their influence to give back and build meaningful relationships; advocates for the health, safety and wellbeing of more than two billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally; supports research efforts that have a direct impact on the quality of life of athletes; and educates the public about effective alternative treatment options for mental and physical illnesses such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information about A4C, visit athletesforcare.org.

 

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Media Contact:

Kayla Weimer

kweimer@wearecsg.com

720.726.5431

Onsite Contact:

Ashley Cote

ashley@bodychekwellness.com

302.540.9947


StaffStaffMarch 12, 2019
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TORONTO – March 12, 2019 /AxisWire/ New Leaf Canada Inc. (New Leaf), one of Canada’s premier cannabis wellness brands, has committed to make a significant donation to fund research and education initiatives of Athletes for CARE Canada. Founded by former professional athletes, Athletes for CARE is empowering legendary athletes from every sport to use their influence to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life.

“This is an important step in expanding our services throughout North America and Athletes for Care is honored that NewLeaf understands the importance of our mission and is supporting our efforts to be impactful,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director, Athletes for CARE. “Health, wellness and safety in sports are global issues that affect athletes of all ages and we are excited to have this opportunity to expand the research and education services we provide in Canada.”

As part of their contribution, NewLeaf will donate to fund the Canadian activation of A4C, with continued support to be donated in this first fiscal year. In addition to financial contributions, NewLeaf will help A4C build their Canadian team of passionate organizations and professional athletes; as well as support A4C’s research and education initiatives.

“I am very excited to have NewLeaf supporting Athletes for CARE Canada as part of their global expansion,” said Ryan VandenBussche, a former professional hockey player, founder and President of New Leaf Canada Inc. “After my retirement from the NHL in 2006 and having undergone more than a dozen surgeries I know firsthand how detrimental traditional pain management such as opioids can have on your physical and mental wellbeing.”

The step is one component of A4C’s larger efforts to expand its footprint in North America; which includes registering as a non-profit organization in Canada. Like its American counterpart, A4C Canada will leverage the voice of professional athletes to use their influence to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life.

Serving as Executive Director for A4C’s North American operations will be Anna Valent. As previously announced, Christina Michael will serve as A4C’s Director of Canadian Activation. A separate Board of Directors for A4C Canada will be formed and filled with key influencers who are passionate about A4C’s mission; including A4C chair Lindy Snider and former NHL Philadelphia Flyers enforcer and Athletes for CARE co-founder Riley Cote.

About Athletes for CARE
Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2016 by passionate retired professional athletes who recognized the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellness of the more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, we are improving health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information, please visit athletesforcare.org.


StaffStaffFebruary 19, 2019
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., February 19, 2019/AxisWire/ – Athletes for CARE (A4C), announced today that it has hired Christina Michael as its Director of Canadian Activation. Founded by former professional athletes, Athletes for CARE is empowering legendary athletes from every sport to use their influence to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life.

Specializing in business solutions, Ms. Michael is skilled at building large-scale corporate projects and helping ensure that companies are ready to navigate and explore growth possibilities. Passionate about health and wellness, Ms. Michael spends much of her personal and professional time educating individuals about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

In recent years, that passion has led Ms. Michael from traditional wellness circles to the cannabis industry, where she has become a vocal advocate for legally and responsibly integrating cannabis and CBD into a healthy lifestyle.  

“Athletes for CARE is excited to welcome Christina to our growing team. Her skills, passion and experience are key to helping us achieve our goals,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director, Athletes for CARE. “We understand that health, wellness and safety in sports are global issues that affect athletes of all ages and we are excited to have this opportunity to expand the advocacy, research and education services we provide throughout North America.”

Sitting on the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Ms. Michael helps mentor aspiring young entrepreneurs. She also provides mentorship for Covenant House, a non-profit organization that supports young people struggling with issues such as homelessness and adversities.

As the owner of Full Circle Enterprises Inc., Ms. Michael has helped clients both in and outside of the cannabis industry with business development, strategic partnerships, project management, and mentorship. In her new role as A4C’s Director of Canadian Activation, Ms. Michael hopes to bring these skills to the forefront as she helps A4C expand its presence throughout North America.

“We are very excited to have Christina join the Athletes for CARE team,” added Riley Cote, former NHL Philadelphia Flyers enforcer and Athletes for CARE co-founder. “Christina has all the key ingredients to lead the Canadian division to accomplish its short- and long-term goals,”


About Athletes for CARE
Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2016 by passionate retired professional athletes who recognized the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellness of the more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, we are improving health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency. For more information, please visit athletesforcare.org.

Media Contact:
Cynthia Salarizadeh
KCSA Strategic Communications
Cynthia@kcsa.com


StaffStaffJanuary 23, 2019
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Former Temple University Star Running Back Takes Next Step In Music & Activsim Career

Philadelphia – January 23, 2019/AxisWire/ Athletes For Care Executive Director Anna Valent, today announced that Former Temple University Star Running Back turned Recording Artist, David “Tre” Hood III, is the newest ambassador to join Athletes for Care. Hood officially announced his retirement from NCAA Football June 1st, 2018 and began pursuing his music career full time. Since then Hood has created an anthem for Temple University (Temple Made), performed the anthem at Lincoln Financial Field during The Temple Vs Tulsa game, and is currently planning to release the music video in the 2nd Quarter of 2019.

Athletes for Care (A4C) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with a community of athletes finding support, opportunity and purpose in life after a career in sports by using their influence for social change.  Founded in 2016 by passionate people who recognize the need to advocate for the health, safety and wellbeing of more than 2 billion people of all ages who compete annually in sanctioned sports globally. Through that advocacy, they aim to improve health and wellness options for the billions of people around the world living with mental and physical illnesses including chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, CTE, TBI, substance abuse and opioid dependency.

Prior to completing his final football season with the Temple Owls in 2017, Hood was used as a multi-purpose back who can run, catch and block, shined on special teams and also worked at cornerback. The 23-year-old Hood led The Temple Owls with 638 rushing yards and 172 receiving yards after returning from a head injury ridden 2016 season; injuries which led Hood to make the decision to retire before going pro and ultimately led him to Athletes for Care.

 

Athletes for Care: https://www.athletesforcare.org/

David Hood III (Tre Hood 23) : http://instagram.com/TreHood23

Contact Information:

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Rashaad Lambert

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StaffStaffOctober 31, 2018
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International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health Partners With Athletes for CARE Inc.

New York – October 31, 2018 /AxisWire/ Today, two nationally recognized groups announced a partnership to study the impact of cannabis on professional athletes. The two organizations are the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health (IRCCMH) and Athletes for CARE Inc.

The IRCCMH is a grant funded research center based in New York, that focuses on providing education and research on cannabis and mental health. Athletes for CARE is a Colorado based organization founded by former professional athletes united as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing important health issues facing athletes and the public.

“We are happy for this area of research to move forward with Athletes for CARE and its partners. The results from these studies could help inform policies, and address gaps in our understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics that could explain the mechanism between cannabis and its effect on the prescription drug epidemic,” said Dr. Jahan Marcu, Co-founder of IRCCMH, Director of Experimental Pharmacology and Behavioral Research.

IRCCMH will work with Athletes for CARE and its partners to conduct surveys of former and potentially current professional athletes, focusing on analyzing the role that cannabis plays in wellbeing of professional athletes. “So much research has been done of the pathological use of cannabis that we’ve neglected to study how the therapeutic use of cannabis can positively impact people’s lives.  Through our alliance, we have an opportunity to provide important data based on professional athletes’ experiences,” said Jan Roberts, LCSW, Co-founder of IRCCMH and Director of Translational Research.

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved in the project. And the results have the potential to impact policy, change lives, and provide education for mental health professionals,” said Lindy Snider, a Co-founder and Chair of the Board of Director for Athletes for CARE. “The athletes in our organization each have the right and desire to understand how the use of this plant for medicinal application and therapeutic use can improve their lives as well as the lives of every patient or athlete.”

The preliminary data will assess cannabis’ impact on mood, prescription drug use, cognitive functioning, pain relief, recovering from injuries, and relational impact. Both IRCCMH and Athletes for CARE will assist with the recruiting of former and current athletes.

“It is imperative we leverage scientific research to understand options to make sports healthier and safer for athletes of all ages,” said Anna Valent, executive director, Athletes for CARE. “We believe this is an important step and Athletes for CARE is honored to partner with IRCCMH on this project.”

About International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health (IRCCMH)

IRCCMH is a research, education, and consulting institute located in New York City that is focused on cannabis and its impact on mental health.  IRCCMH is a grant-funded organization that partners with researchers worldwide on both translational and experimental pharmacological studies. IRCCMH serves as an educator and consultant to state governments, universities, clinicians, labs, and consumers. Its focus is to provide objective research on cannabis and its therapeutic use by bridging the gap between the lab and the patient.

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. A4C was founded by a group of pro athletes who are uniting as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing critical health issues facing athletes and the public at large.

 

Contact:

Jan Roberts

Email: jroberts@IRCCMH.org

Website: www.IRCCMH.org

 


Cynthia SalarizadehCynthia SalarizadehSeptember 5, 2018
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 5, 2018 – Athletes for CARE (A4C), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support and raise awareness about the many challenges they face, announced today that Emily Paxhia has joined its Board of Directors.

Created for athletes by athletes, A4C strives to assist athletes both on and off the field by offering educational programs and services built specifically to help them overcome many of the issues they may be struggling with. Additionally, A4C helps fund and commission research initiatives designed to benefit athletes directly.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our board and we look forward to her contributions,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director at Athletes for CARE. “Emily is a born leader with a keen understanding of management and oversight. Her proven track record of excellence will prove invaluable as Athletes for CARE continues to advocate, educate, and support both current and former professional athletes.”

Ms. Paxhia is a co-founder and a managing director at Poseidon Asset Management, an investment management company that invests exclusively in the legal cannabis industry. As a managing director, she works closely with her partners to create consequential deal structures and ensure that proper governance is carried out at the company level. Ms. Paxhia has also served on the Board of Directors at the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the most preeminent cannabis advocacy organizations.

“From chronic pain to depression, today’s athletes face a host of debilitating issues once they leave the field of competition and Athletes for CARE has been instrumental in helping them overcome these challenges,” said Ms. Paxhia. “I am deeply honored to join this highly distinguished board and assist in its noble goal of creating a community where all athletes, regardless of their sport, can find support and assistance as they search for new passions and purpose in life after a career in sports.”

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. A4C was founded by a group of pro athletes who are uniting as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing critical health issues facing athletes and the public at large. For more information, please visit athletesforcare.org.

 

Media Contact:

Cynthia Salarizadeh

KCSA Strategic Communications

Cynthia@kcsa.com

 


StaffStaffSeptember 5, 2018
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., September 5, 2018/AxisWire/ Athletes for CARE (A4C), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support and raise awareness about the many challenges they face, announced today that Emily Paxhia has joined its Board of Directors.

Created for athletes by athletes, A4C strives to assist athletes both on and off the field by offering educational programs and services built specifically to help them overcome many of the issues they may be struggling with. Additionally, A4C helps fund and commission research initiatives designed to benefit athletes directly.

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our board and we look forward to her contributions,” said Anna Valent, Executive Director at Athletes for CARE. “Emily is a born leader with a keen understanding of management and oversight. Her proven track record of excellence will prove invaluable as Athletes for CARE continues to advocate, educate, and support both current and former professional athletes.”

Ms. Paxhia is a co-founder and a managing director at Poseidon Asset Management, an investment management company that invests exclusively in the legal cannabis industry. As a managing director, she works closely with her partners to create consequential deal structures and ensure that proper governance is carried out at the company level. Ms. Paxhia has also served on the Board of Directors at the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the most preeminent cannabis advocacy organizations.

“From chronic pain to depression, today’s athletes face a host of debilitating issues once they leave the field of competition and Athletes for CARE has been instrumental in helping them overcome these challenges,” said Ms. Paxhia. “I am deeply honored to join this highly distinguished board and assist in its noble goal of creating a community where all athletes, regardless of their sport, can find support and assistance as they search for new passions and purpose in life after a career in sports.”

About Athletes for CARE

Athletes for CARE (A4C) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. A4C was founded by a group of pro athletes who are uniting as one voice to advocate for research, education, and compassion when addressing critical health issues facing athletes and the public at large. For more information, please visit athletesforcare.org.

 

Media Contact:

Cynthia Salarizadeh

KCSA Strategic Communications

Cynthia@kcsa.com

 



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