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Making a difference: the AMSSM Foundation and humanitarian service
  1. Margot Putukian2,3
  1. 2 Past-President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  2. 3 Immediate Past President, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation
  1. Correspondence to Dr Margot Putukian, Department of Athletic Medicine, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA; putukian{at}

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The Foundation of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was started in 1997, just 6 years after the organisation itself was launched. The initial mission of the AMSSM Foundation was to support education and foster research in sports medicine, recognise excellence and achievements of sports medicine physicians and cultivate member and patient relations. In 2011, with the prompting and encouragement of Dr Brian Halpern, a Past President and Founder of AMSSM and Immediate Past President of the AMSSM Foundation, the Foundation Board of Directors expanded the mission statement to include a focus on humanitarian outreach.

Humanitarian outreach

A number of AMSSM members travel to provide international medical humanitarian work. The increasing interest of our members encouraged the Foundation to establish a volunteer service project preceding our Annual Meeting. All of the Service Projects emphasise creating supportive environments where youth can exercise and learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

The first Service Project was held in 2014 in collaboration with Gentilly Charter School in New Orleans, one of 32 schools located in the Louisiana Recovery School District. Approximately 50 AMSSM members, as well as their friends and family, restored portions of the school that was rased by Hurricane Katrina. AMSSM members, …

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