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Save the Date: August 16, 2017

Thank you to all who joined us for a successful See the Line event this year. Save the date for See the Line - August 16, 2017.


Recap of See the Line 2016

It was the belief that she could shake it off and get back in the game that ended 17-year-old Rowan Stringer’s life. She died after being hit in the head twice in less than a week while playing high school rugby. Her parents Gord and Kathleen Stringer told their story to a sold-out crowd of 700 athletes, coaches, parents and community members on August 10 at See the Line, Western University’s annual event focused on concussion research, education and awareness.

The afternoon symposium featured highlights from cutting-edge concussion research, a panel discussion including Rowan’s parents, and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and See the Line Honorary Chair Eric Lindros. The symposium also celebrated the passage of Rowan’s Law with an address from Lisa MacLeod, MPP Nepean-Carleton, who put forward the private member’s bill for establishing new concussion protocols in Ontario.

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The keynote speaker for the Symposium was Dr. Douglas Smith, Director of the Centre for Brain Injury and Repair and professor of neurosurgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

The panel discussion included Eric Lindros, retired NHL hockey player, 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and See the Line Honorary Chair; Gordon and Kathleen Stringer, parents to Rowan Stringer, advocates for Rowan’s Law; Greg Wojt, retired CFL offensive lineman, Edmonton Eskimos, Grey Cup Champion, two-time CFL All-Star; Allie Fischer, local basketball player, athletic career sidelined due to multiple concussions; Robin Bone, Canadian pole vaulter, three-time CIS Champion, four-time OUA Champion, 2016 FWP Jones Trophy winner, Western University; Tyler Varga, former running back, Western University, Yale University and NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, OUA Rookie of the Year, CIS National Freshman of the Year, three-time All-Ivy honoree, 2014 Offensive Player of the Year, 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year, retired from the NFL on July 26 at age 22

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