Since its inception in 2007, the Drum Corps International-sponsored Marching Arts Health & Safety initiative (MASH) has succeeded in bringing together health care professionals from varied disciplines to provide medical guidance and hands-on assistance to corps members during the DCI Summer Tour.
With an initial focus on injury prevention and treatment, participation in the project has grown from a handful of volunteer contributors to an expansive network of practitioners throughout the United States. The program is now poised to serve an even greater audience of performing arts athletes with development of “best practices” already impacting the marching band activity nationally and internationally with continued research and medical expertise, environmental and other safety areas.
This fund will be utilized in the care of our performer-athletes while on the road each season (including the travel of medical professionals and equipment to set up tour clinics), as well as in continued research and development of best practices for the marching arts world-wide. As well, funding will include at least one annual $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a current DCI participating performer that aspires to work as a health, wellness or safety practitioner.
PLEDGE to the future of a drum corps performing member TODAY. Your gift will not only provide direct professional services and educational support this season to our many performer-athletes, but will continue to resonate in a young leader selected through the scholarship process as they develop into a giving and caring individual utilizing their experiences for the betterment of all. This is a very specific donation that will have 100% of the proceeds go to the MASH initiative.
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