Blue Valley’s Kylee Bliss becomes concussion spokesperson

06/02/2014 6:56 PM

06/03/2014 2:23 PM

Kylee Bliss, the former Blue Valley High basketball player who suffered a career-ending concussion, has been selected to represent the National Council on Youth Sports Safety as a student ambassador to help raise concussion awareness.

Bliss will be part of a two-year initiative, chaired by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, to educate youth and help create a culture of concussion prevention. She will join three other student-athletes as national spokespersons for PASS, Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety.

Bliss, who will enter Kansas this fall, is the founder of Heads Up Foundation for post-concussion syndrome and has raised more than $12,000 for concussion advocacy.

Bliss was 16 when, during a junior varsity basketball game, suffered a concussion. It was her second in two weeks but because the first one wasn’t properly identified and she had withheld information about her symptoms, Bliss, a lifelong sports enthusiast, was finished as an athlete in contact sports.

As a student ambassador, she’ll tell her story to others and recommend practices to reduce the risk of brain injuries, specifically concussions, among athletes at the pre-collegiate level.

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