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January Speaker Series Announced

Unintended Impact: One Athlete’s Journey From Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia by Jim Proebstle

Wednesday, January 18 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Football has long played a central role in American culture, with the National Football League dominating televisions on Sundays and Monday and Thursday nights and college football on Saturdays. Friday nights bring high schoolers to the gridiron. These amateurs likely dream of fame and fortune in the NFL, but only a small fraction ever realize it. Yet, all are subjected to the physical tolls of the sport’s violence. Only recently has the long-term consequences of the repeated trauma associated with competitive football become a mainstream concern, spawning medical research, legal challenges, and blockbuster movies. Most attention centers on former NFL stars tragically lost to suicide after developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy related dementia, such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson. But also at risk are those at the amateur level, college and high school players.

Join the Geneva Library Foundation as it hosts Jim Proebstle for his presentation Unintended Impact: One Athlete’s Journey From Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia. Jim offers a unique and tragic perspective on the consequences of repeated head trauma in amateur sports. In his book by the same title, Jim chronicles the decline of his brother, Dick, into CTE dementia after playing as a backup quarterback in college.


Jim Proebstle’s first two novels – Fatal Incident and In the Absence of Honor – have received outstanding reviews from readers and industry professionals. They have been recognized with awards, including the Eric Hoffer Award, the Indie Book Award, and the International Book Award. Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from Michigan State University, where, like his brother, he played football. He was part of the Spartans’ 1965 championship team and earned academic honors. Jim received the Eli Broad College of Business Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001. He and his wife, Carole, live in Deer Park and call northern Minnesota home for the summer months.

This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but suggested.

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The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. The GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.

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