BALTIMORE – It’s been almost four years since the death of striker Jordan McNair in Maryland.
The 19-year-old man died of heatstroke in 2018.
Since then, the Jordan McNair Foundation has worked to raise awareness of heat injuries across the country.
Today, the institution kicked off a new partnership with Morgan State University.
“Listen to your body” is the message Marty McNair, the father of Jordan McNair, is etching into the minds of student-athletes.
“We’re here to learn about football but also to learn about the importance of taking care of your body,” said Morgan State University football coach Damon Wilson.
Marty says he’s educating people on how to keep student-athletes safe and about the new law that’s in place.
Marty said he wished he knew about such things before his son died.
“When I used to take Jordan to these things, all I did was sit in the stands. There was no parental safety education,” Marty said.
After Jordan passed away, his family turned grief into purpose. They have been dedicated to raising awareness of heat-related injury and safety for student-athletes.
Student-athletes like 10-year-old Evan Badgley spent their mornings learning exercises from Morgan State University football players and learning about heat-related injuries.
“You never know what could happen… You always have to prepare yourself,” says Badgley.
Health information is also very useful for parents.
“My son has been playing for five years. I didn’t even know these things existed,” parent Amber Duckett said.
Badgley said he learned a lot from the clinic.
“If you need a break, then you can rest,” says Badgley. “There is always a follow-up play and if you don’t do that, there may never be a next play.”
The McNair family hopes to continue to expand its partnership with HBCU schools, not just across Maryland but across the country.