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The Elijah Gorham Act

I have the privilege of representing Shantres Shaw, the mother of Elijah Gorham, a senior at Mervo High who suffered a brain injury, received slow and inadequate care, and later passed away. His mother and I have been working with city and state leaders to accomplish sweeping changes in the care of athletes and the training of coaches. Elijah was an outstanding young man who was the kick returner for the state champion Mervo Mustangs, as well as a star wide receiver. His loss was tragic and unnecessary, and his mother wants to be sure this situation never repeats itself for any parent again.


We will be testifying in Annapolis on behalf of the Elijah Gorham Act (House bill 836, Senate Bill 638) next week. The bills have sponsors -- Delegate Brooke Lierman and Senator Shelly Hettleman. There will be support from the Jordan McNair Foundation. We expect to have the Elijah Gorham Act passed this legislative session. We expect that because we are going to ask each legislator to consider how much these changes are needed and how overdue they are.


Everyone who knows a student-athlete in Maryland should join us in calling or emailing these representatives. This bill will improve the availability of athletic trainers, the type and amount of training coaches receive, and the coordination between schools and first responders to decrease response times.



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