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Boston’s Sports Legacy Institute, the concussion advocacy group founded by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu, announced that it has received a $20,000 grant from the Boston Bruins Foundation to support education programs in local high school and youth hockey.

In April 2010 Nowinski and Cantu’s affiliated Center for the Study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University hit the big time with a $1 million donation by the National Football League. Reporting on the development for The New York Times, Alan Schwarz wrote this lead paragraph: “Researchers [at the center] decided that the National Football League’s offer of support is what they had hoped: $1 million and zero strings.”

Undisclosed to Times readers, Schwarz is now associate producer of Steve James’ documentary-in-development Head Games, about Nowinski’s work.


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