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Purple Heart Recipient to be Honored at 2018 Brady Sports Achievement Awards

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2018) – A special inaugural award to honor military veterans will be presented at the 13th annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner on Thursday, April 19 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis.

New this year, the Indiana Wounded Warrior Comeback Award will be presented to U.S. Marines Corporal Josh Bleill. While serving his country, Bleill was severely injured and two of his friends were killed when a bomb exploded under their vehicle in Iraq. Bleill spent two years in extensive rehabilitation – he currently has 32 pins in his hip and a six-inch screw holding his pelvis together.

With encouragement and support from Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay, his American Dream was reshaped. Bleill is a recipient of the Purple Heart for his service from former President George W. Bush.

The Brady Awards, hosted by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and Physicians Rehab Solution, will also honor four Indiana high school and college student-athletes who have overcome injury or hardship. Ajah Stallings – North Central High School women’s varsity basketball team member, Brandon Kinser – Caston High School athlete, Ronald McDuffey – George Washington Community High School basketball team member, and Zoey Johnson – IUPUI cross country and track teams member will all be honored at the awards banquet this year.

Rocky Bleier – a Vietnam War veteran who received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, member of the 1966 National Championship University of Notre Dame Football team, and four-time Super Bowl champion – will serve as the Keynote Speaker and Brady Lifetime Achievement recipient.

In addition, the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) will select Hoosier scholar-athletes and recognize them for their academic accomplishments, hard work and dedication within their chosen sports.

The Brady Lifetime Achievement Awards are named after Dr. Thomas A. Brady, known as “the father of sports medicine in Central Indiana.” Dr. Brady developed many innovative techniques for returning athletes to their sports quickly and safely, along with establishing a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital that eventually grew into Methodist Sports Medicine.

Proceeds from the event, including ticket sales and a silent auction, will help support the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation.

To purchase tickets, please contact: Doug Thornton – (317) 258-1870

 

About the Thomas A. Brady, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award

The Thomas A. Brady, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals with Indiana ties that have made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics. Dr. Brady, recognized as the “father” of sports medicine in Central Indiana, established a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital, which ultimately became Methodist Sports Medicine. Nearly three decades later, this practice is recognized as a leader in the care and treatment of athletes and non-athletes with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

About Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation

The Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support and enhance the research, medical education, outreach and care undertaken by Methodist Sports Medicine.