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OrthoCarolina Research Institute partners with Queens' Sport Management program

imageThe 2013 Injury Prevention Across Sports with Science (I-PASS) Charity Event
03/24/14 -  

The OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) is teaming up with Queens' Sport Management program to form a partnership in support of its 2nd Annual Injury Prevention Across Sports with Science (I-PASS) Charity Event and other future projects.

"We are grateful to OrthoCarolina Research Institute for allowing us to partner with them and for giving our students an opportunity to see and experience a live sports marketing event," said Dr. Robert Lyons, Jr., associate professor of kinesiology in the Blair College of Health at Queens University. "Volunteering at the I-PASS event will give our students a great hands-on experience, exposure to current and former professional athletes, and a window to the world of people who work in sports."

Dr. Lyons and a group of Sport Management program students will lend a hand at the I-PASS event scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium. It will feature Lee Corso, analyst on ESPN's College Game Day, as the keynote speaker; Mick Mixon, Panthers Radio Network play-by-play announcer, as the event emcee; and a 'celebrity' at each table. Tickets are $150 per person and include a cocktail hour with 'celebrity' guests, a plated meal, silent auction, parking and swag bag. Proceeds support OCRI and other local charities supported by the Charlotte Former Players Foundation. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The 'celebrity' table captains include: Kelli Bartik, Colin Branch, Mo Collins, Ken Dorsey, Mike Fox, Hess Hempstead, Steven Israel, Donta Jones, Justin Kutcher, Deems May, Muhsin Muhammad, Randy Neal, Troy Pelshak, Michael Dean Perry, Walter Rasby, Rod Smart, Jim Szoke, Craig Thompson, Wesley Walls, TJ Washington, Leonard Wheeler, and The Rise Guys (Mattman and Nine). 

"We are very excited about collaborating with the Queens University of Charlotte Sport Management program and appreciate the support and participation of their students," said Christi Cadd, executive director of OCRI. "It's a win-win partnership. It takes a strong team to run a program of this magnitude and in turn the students will gain invaluable experience and a better understanding of how an event of this nature is run. We look forward to growing this partnership and to many more opportunities to work together."

Adds Dr. Lyons, "Being a part of this event is also a good way for our students to see a side of sports they don't normally get to see, including the personal and financial impact injuries have on athletes."

"An event of this size would not be possible without the generosity and support of our community sponsors," says Cadd. Gold level sponsors of the event include Lanier Material Sales, Mecklenburg Radiology Associates and OrthoCarolina, PA.

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