Rashidi Wheeler

The R.A.W. Initiative

The Illinois State Legislature signed legislation requiring outdoor football stadiums, soccer fields, baseball fields and other outdoor facilities to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on hand to help save lives in the event of a medical emergency. House Bill 1279, sponsored by State Representative Daniel J. Burke (D-Chicago) and State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Cicero), adds outdoor physical fitness and sports facilities to the list of facilities currently required to have defibrillators.


An important message from the National Sports Safety Organization

George Wheeler

I would like to thank you for taking time to learn about the National Sports Safety Organization (NSSO). I founded NSSO in honor of my son, Rashidi Wheeler, who died on August 3, 2001, following a conditioning workout with the Northwestern University football team. His highly publicized death was far more than a personal tragedy for Rashidi and my family. It was a watershed event in sports safety because it was a tragedy that didn’t need to happen.

Based on significant research into many facets of sports safety, we’re convinced that most sports injuries and deaths are preventable events. To this end, we are providing a wealth of information and resources to help colleges and organizations improve their sports safety performance.

We are forming strategic alliances with sports, health and safety organizations that help us establish realistic, workable guidelines for schools and universities to follow. NSSO’s corporate and institutional sponsors provide schools with the safety resources they need to prevent athletic injuries and deaths.

NSSO is uniquely qualified to provide a wide range of services to America’s universities and the athletes they serve and protect. Here are some of the key benefits to being involved with NSSO:

  • If you are a student athlete…
    NSSO can help you have a safer college career by providing you with a valuable package of sports safety services — including NSSO’s magazine, sports safety report, training, insurance, health screenings and more. We are dedicated to helping you avoid serious sports injuries throughout your athletic career.
  • If you are involved in college or university athletics…
    NSSO can help you do a better job of keeping your student athletes safe and productive. Our sports safety guidelines, training and equipment can help your school become a recognized leader in collegiate sports safety.
  • If you are considering sponsoring our programs...
    We’ll ensure that your support and donations promote the highest levels of sports safety throughout collegiate athletics. Your assistance will help many athletes enjoy a safe and successful athletic career.

I urge you to join me in helping to protect America’s collegiate athletes from serious sports injuries and deaths. Together we can help make collegiate sports safer and more rewarding for everyone involved.


George Wheeler
President / Founder
National Sports Safety Organization