The Junior Seau Foundation recently pledged $250,000 to UC San Diego to support brain injury research and education. The gift was made in memory of Junior Seau, the longtime beloved San Diego Charger and NFL Hall of Famer, who had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The impact of the gift is being tripled by matching funds from the university’s Division of Biological Sciences and the Kavli Foundation, as well as UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Endowed Chair and Faculty Fellowship Challenge. That brings the total impact of the gift to $1 million.
The funds establish the Junior Seau Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Traumatic Brain Injury and create the Junior Seau Lectureship Series to inform the community and K-12 students about the causes and risks associated with traumatic brain injury. The inaugural lecture was presented by Associate Professor Gentry Patrick last Wednesday.