As part of ThinkTaylor Concussion Awareness week, Chelmsford high school hosted the man himself, Taylor Twellman, as the Lions took on Haverhill in boys’ soccer.
Though the Lions fell victim to an early second-half goal to lose to the Hillies, 1-0, the mood all around was upbeat.
Athletes, parents, and children ran up to Twellman before the game to get his autograph and take selfies with the former New England Revolution player.
Twellman and Chelsea Harris, the Executive Director for ThinkTaylor, handed out orange wristbands and bag tags, which included a photo of Twellman and symptoms of a concussion on the reverse.
Players donned orange socks and wore orange pinnies in warmups.
Twellman, who is the all-time goals leader for the New England Revolution with 101, had his professional career derailed by a concussion.
“In 2008, when I had my concussion with the Revolution, I realized there was no education, no awareness on it,” said Twellman. “Losing my career and changing my life due to a concussion, I felt like the youth of our country needed to someone to stand up.”
“There’s been a lot of issues recently with concussions, and too many student athletes getting hurt,” said Chelmsford coach, John Callahan. “Not only taking them out of the game, but out of the classroom too, which is more important than on the field.”
“It was great to see [Twellman] come out and be on the field with us. It was a great experience for the whole team, the whole program,” said Callahan.