The Center for Neurologic Studies (CNS) is proud to support the Garden City Lightining- a hockey team made up of veterans and their families who's aim is to use hockey as a way for our service men and women to overcome obstacles presented by both visible and invisible wounds. CNS is a Novi-based developer of advanced MRI techniques for the detection of the kind of mild to moderate brain injuries that often result from battle-related injuries, and is currently conducting a “Hope After Combat” research program for veterans suffering from symptoms that could be related to PTSD or TBI.
Dr. Randall Benson, CNS's medical director and chief researcher, believes that the hockey program can be helpful in the healing process. “Sports activities are generally a beneficial outlet for anyone who’s suffered a traumatic brain injury. They help with balance and strength and they give the veterans a chance to be with other veterans going through the same ‘invisible wounds’ they’ve suffered,” says Benson.
The team is coached by Dr. Brittney Briggs, who had an extensive hockey career having played for Boston College and Colgate universities and being selected to the Olympic Development Camp in Lake Placid, NY, three times.
The team at CNS believes in the power of athletics to help our veterans heal, and the Garden City Lightning is a passion project for the board of CNS as well as its founder. “I am extremely proud of the progress the team has made and how supportive they are of each other,” says John Russell, Founder and CEO of CNS. “I appreciate the fact that the families are just as much a part of the team as the veterans themselves.”
CNS sees the value of using athletics like hockey to support the healing and recovery of a veteran from their time in combat, and now we'd like to invite our community to support this incredible team of warriors as well. All the money raised is used to support the team- for equipment, or ice time, or travel expenses to tournaments. These men and women and their family members have given so much to keep us safe and free- now it is our turn to give them the tools they need to heal.
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