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Aiken schools get grant for concussion testing

March 3, 2019

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — The Kisner Foundation has awarded a grant of more than $15,000 to Aiken County Public Schools to conduct concussion tests on all county athletes.

The $15,691 grant is in honor of David Massie, the brother of foundation board member Dr. Vaughan Massie, an orthopedic physician at Carolina Musculoskeletal Institute, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Massie’s brother died from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car on James Island, South Carolina.

The money will cover baseline tests for about 3,800 athletes in Aiken County. All athletes will be tested, regardless of sport or economic status.

The foundation was established by PGA Tour golfer Kevin Kisner, a former South Aiken High School golfer, and his wife, Brittany. The nonprofit organization is committed to creating a positive environment for children to grow into responsible adults. Charitable funding is provided for organizations that promote children’s fitness, health, education and opportunities to participate in sports.

“We want all the kids to be seen and all the kids to feel safer,” Kisner said. “We’re going to start everybody with a baseline that they can come back to and see if that’s where they were at the beginning of the season.

“Concussions are a huge deal, and everybody is getting more of them,” he said. “Obviously with all of the publicity, it’s becoming more well known how often they happen, and we felt we needed to make a difference here in Aiken.”

Tiffany Pediatrics funded a pilot project that was implemented for the South Aiken High football team in fall 2017.

“It worked very, very well with the football team,” Dr. John Tiffany said. “We learned a lot from them and we learned a lot by doing that pilot project so that now we can take it to the next level.”

The school district’s director of operations, Dr. Tim Yarborough, described Kisner’s grant as “wonderful.”

“The Kisner Foundation coming forth with the funding is huge,” he said.

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