About 1,000 babies are born in the United States each year with this debilitating disease, and about 70,000 to 100,000 Americans are estimated to have it. It’s sickle cell disease, and though it’s the most common genetic disorder in the U.S., it isn’t particularly well understood. That’s why former Rutgers football stars Jason and Devin McCourty are trying to raise awareness about this condition. Sickle cell disease attacks red blood cells, causing them to become sickle-shaped and keeping them from being able to pass through small blood vessels. When this happens, blood flow decreases and clots form internally, which can
A superstar with three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and nine Pro Bowls could easily keep his offseason to himself, but Tom Brady chooses to devote some of his time to Best Buddies. For more than a decade, Brady, a University of Michigan grad, has teamed up with the global non-profit organization that benefits people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for its participants. The organization provides programs in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and more, in addition to running four events called Best Buddies Challenges.
Matt Light had a pretty good year in 2001. He was drafted out of Purdue by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL Draft (48th overall) and went to work on a team that was supposedly rebuilding. That year, the Patriots shocked the world and won the Super Bowl. For Light, it was a dream come true. But he knew that the championship was only starting to open doors for him, and others. “It’s my first year in the NFL, I sign with a team that nobody thought would do anything and then we go out