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GALLOWAY - Stockton's home game on Thursday, October 29th (originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th) is a Post-Concussion Syndrome Awareness Game.
Jackie Adams is a Student Assistant Coach for the Stockton University women's soccer team. Adams would probably be playing for the Ospreys, but a series of concussions in high school derailed her career and put her life in jeopardy. She has fought through pain, seizures, and depression to get back on her feet and is now a positive force for those trying to recover from concussions.
At the game this Thursday, there will be free concussion testing and proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center, where Adams underwent a treatment program.
In addition, Adams received the Stockton Student Advisory Committee Unsung Hero Award a few years back and now she wants to help others who may be struggling with post-concussion syndrome.
"Definitely one, don't give up," said Adams. "It'll be okay eventually. There's going to be some really bad days, sometimes where you want to drop out of school or college and you think it's hopeless, and it's not. There's really a whole community behind you, that will rally and pull you through it all. I've been so lucky with that. You'll get hit in the head and people might tell you that's it, you're done. You don't know that for sure. You can keep having that hope and dream that you'll make it on the field one day. I still hold that dream. It's what keeps me going. Don't be afraid to keep dreaming that you can play a sport again.”
Adams also volunteers with the Ocean City Girls High School soccer team, where she played a few years back.
For further information about Thursday's game or Stockton University, visit stockton.edu.
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