Family of footballer who died from injury settles with City

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The Baltimore City Board of Estimates on Wednesday agreed to a $345,000 settlement with the family of Elijah Gorham. Gorham is the Mergenthaler High School student who died last year after sustaining a head injury in a football game against Dunbar High School. Mervo would win a state football championship in honor of Gorham. Based on legal documents released Wednesday, the settlement also includes a commitment to improve safety on the playing field. City officials said they hope Gorham’s death will help improve safety measures for future athletes. “The matter was crystal clear in what was said here today. It was a very unfortunate situation, a tragedy. So the settlement seemed more than appropriate,” the Baltimore City attorney said. , James Shea. In a joint statement from Baltimore City Public Schools, the family said: “The majority of Mrs. (Shantres) Shaw’s proceeds from the settlement will be used to establish the 7Strong Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy student-athlete safety and sharing knowledge about concussions and brain injuries in youth, parents and coaches.” The district promised to go further, saying it had agreed to make the improvements following: Hire more athletic trainers Add a new position to improve health and safety ety practicesTrain more trainers and athletes in the areas of heat stroke and the prevention of traumatic brain injury”This regulation, and the way it’s done, Mr. President and Mr. Comptroller, is a way of honoring the legacy of a young man, a young man full of energy, a young man in promises,” Scott said at the Estimates Council meeting. School administrators have agreed to make a down payment on athletic changes in this year’s operating budget. continues through the foundation WBAL-TV spoke with Gorham’s mother, Shantres Shaw, as she reflects on her son’s memories. for my son,” Shaw said. Shaw said he was an amazing young man who died too soon. He loved football, he loved his family, I could go on and on, he was beautiful,” said Shaw. The Baltimore City Board of Estimates has approved a $345,000 settlement with Gorham’s family and the majority of the money will go to the -Strong Foundation.’ It is a non-profit organization that advocates for the safety of student-athletes and sharing knowledge about concussions and brain injuries among youth, parents and coaches.” With our foundation, we will continue to hold tournaments in his name. We will also be improving equipment, educating them on the importance of safety, hydration, concussions, heatstroke and just the brotherhood of looking after each other,” Shaw said. The school district said it is committed to developing more coaches and athletes. in the fields of prevention of heat stroke and head trauma. On top of that, he said he would be creating a new position to improve health and safety practices. “We just want them to keep doing what they love every day,” Shaw said. Shaw wears his son’s necklace around his neck. It has his jersey number seven on it. One of the many ways she shows everyone how close they were. She hopes the foundation and its efforts will make a difference when it comes to keeping players safe. “His death was not in vain. And that everything I did for him while he was here, I will continue to do what I need to do for my son every day,” Shaw said. Shaw said their foundation plans to hold a 7 vs 7 youth football tournament. as well.

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates on Wednesday agreed to a $345,000 settlement with the family of Elijah Gorham.

Gorham is the Mergenthaler High School student who died last year after sustaining a head injury during a football game against Dunbar High School. Mervo would win a state football championship in honor of Gorham.

Based on legal documents released Wednesday, the settlement also includes a commitment to improve safety on the playing field. City officials said they hope Gorham’s death will help improve safety measures for future athletes.

“This is just a small way to honor the life of Elijah Gorham,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott said.

The settlement money will be split between Gorham’s parents.

“The matter was crystal clear in what was said here today. It was a very unfortunate situation, a tragedy. So the settlement seemed more than appropriate,” the Baltimore City attorney said. , James Shea.

In a joint statement from Baltimore City Public Schools, the family said: “The majority of Mrs. (Shantres) Shaw’s proceeds from the settlement will be used to establish the 7Strong Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy. student-athlete safety and share knowledge about concussions and brain injuries among youth, parents and coaches.”

The district promised to go further, saying it was committed to the following improvements:

  • Hire more athletic trainers
  • Add new position to improve health and safety practices
  • Train more coaches and athletes in heatstroke and brain injury prevention

“This settlement, and the way it’s being made, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Comptroller, is a way to honor the legacy of a young man, a young man full of energy, a young man full of promise” , Scott said at the Estimates Board meeting.

School administrators have agreed to make a down payment on athletic changes in this year’s operating budget.

Gorham’s mother hopes legacy will continue through foundation

WBAL-TV spoke with Gorham’s mother, Shantres Shaw, as she reflects on her son’s memories.

“I was always by his side when he was here and will continue to be there to make sure what needs to be done for my son,” Shaw said.

Shaw said he was an amazing young man who died too soon.

“He was ambitious, he was loyal, he was unwavering, he was committed. He loved football, he loved his family, I could go on and on, he was magnificent,” Shaw said.

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates has approved a $345,000 settlement with Gorham’s family with the majority of the money going to the 7-Strong Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that advocates for student-athlete safety and shares knowledge about concussions and brain injuries among youth, parents and coaches.

“With our foundation, we will continue to hold tournaments in his name. We will also improve equipment, educating them on the importance of safety, hydration, concussions, heatstroke and the brotherhood of take care of each other,” Shaw said.

The school district said it is committed to training more coaches and athletes in the areas of heatstroke and traumatic brain injury prevention. On top of that, he said he would be creating a new position to improve health and safety practices.

“We just want them to keep doing what they love every day,” Shaw said.

Shaw wears his son’s necklace around his neck. It has his jersey number seven on it. One of the many ways she shows everyone how close they were. She hopes the foundation and its efforts will make a difference when it comes to keeping players safe.

“His death was not in vain. And that everything I did for him while he was here, I will continue to do what I need to do for my son every day,” Shaw said.

Shaw said their foundation also plans to hold a 7-on-7 youth soccer tournament.

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