At the request of the Swank Family we have set up Drew’s team. It is the wishes of the family that the tragedy of Drew’s death be turned into something positive and helpful to others. This as you can well imagine remains a very personal and difficult thing for the family. Therefore they have asked that we remember Drew through our efforts and memorialize his life through our deeds.
Drew’s Team is not a corporation or something you have to pay to join.
We are a group of Parents, Teams, Coaches, Doctors, Trainers, Teachers, Athletic Directors, Kids, Families….Humans… who have decided to stand and deliver his message to the world.
The Message is simple. We have to do more. We have to prevent severe injury and death resulting from competition in sports. Our plans and position on this is all outlined in this website.
Here is a list of our Organizers and Supporters:
The Swank Family
Well the Swank’s are a huge and most incredible family. As hard as this is for them to deal with they are all 100% committed to this effort. Drew wants them to be. So with 7 Brothers and Sisters and Mom and Dad we have an Army. We will list Family members that are helping outside the immediate family separately. The Swank’s include Dad (Don), Mom (Patti) and Drew’s Sisters Tara Swank, Nicole Swank Albright, Tammy Swank Bergom, & Rowea Swank. Drew’s brothers are Luke, Judson, & Tim.
This is quite a special group. Add in the rest of the extended Swank Crew & a little hard work & blessing and we have the muscle driving Drew’s Team!
Director : Dirk Knudsen; Portland, Oregon. -503-799-8383; email@example.com
Dirk is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest. A former athlete he graduated from Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is a Cum Laude Graduate of Portland State University. He is the father of 3 boys (Kord, Konner, and Kole); all athletes and football players as well. Dirk has coached for 15 years and brings his years as a Sports Writer, Analyst, Community Activist, and Businessman to Drew’s Team. Dirk has lived through concussions as well as seen his sons suffer from their terrible effects. His wife Darcey and his sons Kord, Konner, and Kole bring a high level of compassion and caring to this topic as well. Dirk founded Raise 7 for Matthew (www.raise7forMatthew.com) in 2009 aimed at helping fallen Highland High School (Yakima,Wa) Quarterback Matthew Newman. That effort sprung thousands of people into action to help the injured QB and also brought Dirk into contact with the Swank family as a result. Dirk is very active in the battle to prevent and manage Traumatic Brain Injuries. He has been able to extend Concussion Education into youth and high school leagues. Dirk works closely with Teams, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Doctors, and Medical Professionals to insure that essential cornerstone prevention measure of a Baseline Testing like ImPACT are utilized in this battle to stem the rising tide of Sports Related Brain Injuries.