NFL 101 Awards Banquet to Benefit Sports Medicine at The University of Kansas Health System

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Jill Chadwick

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     The annual NFL 101 Awards Banquet will be held in Kansas City on February 24 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel, and for the third consecutive year, The University of Kansas Health System’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center is the beneficiary. The nation’s longest-running salute to professional football, the 101 Award has annually honored outstanding achievements in the NFL based on votes by a selection committee comprised of 101 members of the national media. One of the highlights of this year’s banquet will be presenting the Lamar Hunt Award for Professional Football to Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. He’ll be the 11th recipient of the award for his positive impact to the game, both on and off the field, during his illustrious playing career.

            In the video, Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Health System, explains what it means to have the partnership between the health system and the Chiefs. He also talks about why it’s so important for the health system to be able to care for young and older athletes.

            Also on the video, Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, talks about what a big night it will be, honoring Peyton Manning, plus how the event will help young athletes and how the partnership between the Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System works.

            Also, David Smith, MD, medical director of Youth Sports at The University of Kansas Health System’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center, and a team physician for the Chiefs, explains how treating the Chiefs benefits young athletes. He says athletic trainers are vital in keeping athletes healthy and he says while it’s exciting to take care of famous athletes, he get the biggest charge from helping what he calls “no name athletes.”

            The 101 Awards news conference from February 6 is also included.