Tommy John's legacy to the game he loved and for the son he loved.
The Let's Do It Foundation, is a nonprofit organization, was established in 2012. As the original recipient of this history making surgery, the "Let's Do It Foundation" wants to again be an original by supporting research in PREVENTING this type of injury.
Another recipient of the foundation will be the AFSP (American Foundation of Suicide Prevention). Tommy's youngest son Taylor surrendered to suicide in 2009. To honor this shining star the "Let's Do It" Foundation will support the AFSP programming for outreach, awareness and advocacy.
STOP Sports Injuries Campaign
There are alarming trends in "professional-level" injuries among youth sports participants. Orthopedic surgeons see two trends: the number of youth injuries is reaching epidemic proportions and youth are experiencing overuse injuries at a younger and younger age. The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention.
To address these issues, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and its collaborators created the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign. The Campaign is designed to help parents, coaches, healthcare providers and athletes learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term consequences of overuse and trauma injury. Armed with the correct information and tools, today's youth athletes can remain healthy, play safe and stay in the game for life.
Overuse injuries impact young athletes in the short term and often lead to long-term consequences. This type of injury may become apparent during the course of play. Using proper preventative measures such as pre-participation physicals, stretching, cross-training, hydration and open communication about pain among all participants (coaches, athletes, parents and healthcare providers) can help aid recovery and avoid long-term consequences.
It is important for everyone who plays a role in a young athlete's life—parents, coaches and healthcare providers—to put the athlete's health and safety first and to quickly and honestly communicate about issues of pain, injury and the need for proper recovery.
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 15 minutes, claiming more than 36,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute, with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults, and individuals ages 65 and older account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths. This is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status.
Suicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs.
Operating under the "Let's Do it" Foundation is the Tommy John Pitching Academy. The TJPA has been created by Tommy John and Garrett Berger to formally educate the youth of today about the art of pitching and most importantly to help prevent arm injuries. Mechanics are the foundation of a pitcher, while execution determines the success of the pitcher. We teach how to get batters out! Click the image above to see how the TJPA can help your league or organization fundraise!