We are a nonprofit organization mainly focused on providing education and assisting with the performance of research on sports-related concussions. In addition, we wish to take an active role in improving access to mental health services while eliminating the stigma of mental illness and suicide.
The 21-14 Concussion Awareness Foundation (2114 CAF) was established in the memory of John Stefan Gaal, Jr. He participated in sports year-round since the age of 5. (While in high school, his football number was 21 and soccer number was 14.) Unfortuately, during this time, our Little John sustained multiple traumatic brain injuries that years later led to anxiety, depression, and, ultimately, suicide.
On March 24, 2017, after suffering for six years, John Jr lost his battle.
On December 6, 2017, world-leading researchers at Boston University (Concussion Legacy Foundation) determined that he was a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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We seek opportunities to share our vision with parents, K-12 sports teams, referee associations, and school administrators.
At the very least, we encourage you to speak to your loved ones about the potential dangers of head injuries while playing contact sports.
Our lives have been forever changed. Nothing we can do will ever bring our John Jr back. However, in his spirit of giving his time and talents to assist less fortunate populations, we request your help so that other student athletes may avoid the tragic effects of CTE.
Whether you help through monetary donations or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We could not accomplish our goals without the assistance of supporters like you.
Your donations are tax deductible. The 2114 CAF is a DBA under the Dr. John S Gaal Scholarship Fund a 501(c)3.