Matthew Gfeller Foundation

Gfeller run logo 2012

CIPT is proud to partner with the Matthew Gfeller Foundation on education and awareness programs throughout the year. The Matthew Gfeller Foundation was created to help kids "play it safe" by helping parents prevent, recognize and treat youth sports head injuries. They support the role athletics can play in kids' lives, but believe that head injuries can be minimized through:

  • Better equipment
  • Better training
  • Diagnosis and early treatment of injuries

Read more about the Gfellers' visit to the White House on May 29, 2014.

One initiative the Matthew Gfeller Foundation supports is the NewBridge Bank Invitational Jamboree, an annual fundraising event for local high schools that includes preseason high school football scrimmages. The Jamboree is an opportunity for the Gfellers to reach thousands of coaches, players and their families in their quest to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries and educate them to make football a better, safer game for kids.

The Foundation will also partially fund a certified athletic trainer for the South Fork Panthers youth football team throughout the 2013 season.

About the Matthew Gfeller Foundation
On August 22, 2008 Matthew Gfeller suffered a severe helmet to helmet collision during his first high school varsity football game. Tragically, the accident caused a fatal traumatic brain injury. Matthew never regained consciousness and died two days later.

The Matthew Gfeller Foundation hopes to positively impact the lives of young people in Matthew's memory by providing information and funding to prevent and treat sports-related brain injuries.

The Annual Matt Gfeller Memorial Doughnut Run is a lighthearted 5K run or walk has three goals: 

1) remember Matt
2) raise money for traumatic brain injury research
3) bring our community together

All proceeds from this year's run benefit brain trauma research and rehabilitative programs at the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and at the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.  To find out more visit